Apple’s return to thin devices began with the OLED iPad Pro

According to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg in today’s Power On email, Apple is starting over with a renewed push to produce ever-thinner computers, as evidenced by the OLED iPad Pro. He writes that the business is focusing on making the MacBook Pro and Apple Watch thinner, and that it plans to release a “much skinnier” iPhone 17.

There have been rumors of a new, incredibly thin phone called the “iPhone 17 Slim” for some time now. The Information and several supply chain analysts have stated that this phone is in the works and may cost more than the current iPhone 15 Pro Max. I haven’t seen any hard rumors regarding how thin it will be, but it might have a smaller Dynamic Island and a 6.6-inch display.

The corporation’s desire to return to its pursuit of thinness is not surprising, but one hopes that the company no longer plans on pursuing this goal seemingly at any costs. The effort produced some of the most remarkable products the business has ever produced, but it also might have contributed to bent iPhones, an absence of ports, poor battery life, problems with thermal throttling, defective keyboards, and legal troubles for Apple. However, the business started defying the trend, and as a result, the MacBook Pro range and the iPhone 15 Pro phones are now among the thickest in their respective categories that the company has produced in years.

Although I’ve accepted the changes, I wouldn’t be telling the truth if I said I didn’t occasionally long for the old futuristic vibe. My desk contains an iPhone SE, and every time I take it up, I’m amazed at how great it is to use-small screen and slow processor notwithstanding. I also give iPhone 12 or 13 Minis a jealous side-eye when I see them.

That moment might be returning, and it might not come with the same expenses. The latest MacBook Air is incredibly slim, even thinner than the tiny, fanless 12-inch MacBook, but it’s so powerful and low-power consumption that I can use it outside of the house most of the time without worrying about requiring a charger. According to David Pierce’s Verge review of the new iPad Pro, there haven’t been any significant compromises made to the tablet’s already-existing features in order for it to be thinner than an iPod Nano.

These are positive indications that the business might have finally figured things out, and ideally it won’t go off its skis once more. I don’t want to go back to living a life where I’m slim for the sake of being thin; durability and all-day battery life are now necessities after the past few years.