Originally posted on Gigaom:
Apple’s(s aapl) next iPad is expected to launch on Wednesday, and we’ll start live-blogging the event right here at 9:30am PT. Typical of an Apple launch, there’s rampant speculation and leaked specifications leading up to the event.
A screen with four times the pixels is a good bet, as is support for LTE networks, and maybe even a touchscreen that touches you back. But the spec I’m most interested in right now is the tablet’s thickness, which is rumored to be slightly thicker than prior iPads. And I think that’s a good thing.
For the past few years, device makers have focused on making smartphones and tablets thinner. Maybe we’ve passed the “sweet spot” for thin, however. I’ve noticed that as these devices lose girth, they start to hurt my hands after holding them for prolonged amounts of time. And no amount of rounding or tapering is helping, as the thin corners still dig into my hands.