Well, this is a heck of a scoop to wake up to on Wednesday morning: 9to5Mac has got its grubby little hands upon what they claim to be the display of the iPad 2’s LCD, fresh off of the assembly lines of China.
Tipped to be LG Phillips’ 9.7-inch XGA 1024 x 768 H-IPS display, part number LP097X02-SLN1, the new LCD — in keeping with rumors — is both lighter and marginally (1mm) thinner than the original while also featuring a much thinner bezel, enabling the tapering seen on some of the iPad 2 cases flooding out of the Far East.
If this is truly the iPad 2’s LCD, it confirms what many of us have been saying for months: that the economies of scale just don’t make sense to bring a Retina Display to the iPad line quite yet. Packing that many pixels into a 10-inch tablet is expensive.
Other than that, there’s still a lot of questions. Rumors have tipped the iPad 2 to have a higher-quality screen capable imbued with advanced anti-reflection technology to allow Apple’s tablet to be viewed more easily in bright lights or direct sunshine… and 9to5Mac’s report doesn’t confirm them. Still, kiss your dreams of a pixel packed iPad 2goodbye for the time being.