According to the Korea Herald, Apple’s new iPad will likely utilize Samsung’s newly revealed Super PLS technology. The current iPad, as well as the iPhone 4, use a technology called IPS, which provides outstanding viewing angles. Samsung’s PLS technology is superior to IPS in many regards. The viewing angles provided by PLS are improved as the display actually shifts the shape of the individual pixels so they are displayed brighter and with better contrast from more angles.
In addition to better viewing angles, the Super PLS display is also generally 10% brighter than the IPS technology. Perhaps the best part about these displays is that they cost around 15% less to manufacture than IPS displays. Apple typically uses multiple display manufactures for their products so it wouldn’t be a surprise for LG to have developed a similar technology. That might explain why our leaked iPad 2 screen is manufactured by LG is better quality than the first iPad display.
Just because the screen itself is better quality and has better viewing angles, does not mean it has a better resolution. According to our own findings in the SDK, and reports by the well-informed John Gruber and Wall Street Journal, the iPad 2 will utilize the same 1024 x 768 display as the current iPad. It seems like these display rumors are starting to come together well, and the iPad 2 is expected to launch sometime this quarter. More comparison shots of the displays are after the break.
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