Originally Posted by Timbit
Do you think that if Steve Jobs was still around, the new iPad would be identically the same size as the iPad 2? Would he have allowed it to grow slightly thicker? Just wondering. The miniscule amount is negligable in reality.
As we've seen from the first to the second iPads the display size stayed the same so Jobs clearly was fine with the same size between releases. More to the point, when you have a non-windowed OS you need to keep the display the same size.
Yes, Jobs would be fine with it getting thicker because Jobs was part of the 3rd gen iPad's creation. He would have green lighted these options before he stepped down as CEO. But you don't have to take my word for that, you can just look back on the history of the iPhone to see that the 2nd and 3rd gen were thicker than the original iPhone. You can also see that the iPHone has gotten heavier several times over it's short existence.
Does Apple like to make things thinner whenever possible? Sure, but to improve the user experience, not to deprove
it. Adding the Retina Display was a goal this time around and having a larger battery was a requirement for that to happen. If the size and weight doesn't outwigh the display for you then there is always the iPad 2.