Better, yes, but I wouldn’t call it “ridiculously dated”. The iPhone 4 tinyphone form factor is what’s ridiculously dated. Were you also flipping tables over the OG iPad bezels?
It looks like all the phone “edge to edge” stuff (which is bullshit in all cases; more like “narrower bezel”) also makes the form factor ultra-widescreen, super tall but narrow. Unavoidable I guess.