Apple Ready to Embrace 16:9 Aspect Ratio Displays?
This is a mockup, not an actual product

Apple may be ready to move into the HD age by embracing the 16:9 aspect ratio on the company’s LED Cinema Display refresh, slated to happen tomorrow, Tuesday, according to John Gruber. After having used a glossy, glass display for better color and image production when viewing and consuming videos, a 16:9 aspect ratio will make high definition movies stand out by removing any wasted space on the monitor presented by black bars on the company’s current LED Cinema Displays.

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Other items slated for a refresh tomorrow include Apple’s desktop line of computers–the iMac and the Mac Pro. Though the iMac includes a built-in LED display integrated into the computer in a form factor that is similar to the LED Cinema Display, it is unclear if the iMac will also make the transition to a 16:9 aspect ratio screen. However, both the iMac and the Mac Pro are said to be getting faster USB 3.0 and Firewire ports.

Since it is unlikely that Blu-Ray support will be coming to Apple’s computer lineup anytime soon–Steve Jobs has dismissed Blu-Ray due to high licensing costs–the 16:9 aspect ratio, if true, will be good for users who rent or purchase their video content from iTunes, view DVDs, or watch Flash-based movies from YouTube or similar sites.

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