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  • Apple to Use Super-PLS LCDs in Future iPads?


    The Korea Herald is reporting that Samsung is in talks with Apple to supply Super-PLS displays for the iPad. Samsung's patented technology, which it previewed last November, allows brighter screens at lower cost. However, mass production has not yet begun on S-PLS screens, raising questions about whether these displays would be for the iPad 2 or a future model.

    Samsung's Mobile Display division says that their Super-PLS (Plane-to-Line Switching) technology offers a number of improvements to the IPS (In-Plane Switching) displays used on the current iPad. For instance, they claim that S-PLS offers 100% better viewing angles with S-PLS over today’s IPS technology. Given that the iPad has a viewing angle of 178 degrees, it's hard to know what that could mean, but presumably it refers to improved graphics quality at lower angles. Additionally, they claim S-PLS will be 10% brighter than current IPS displays, with 15% lower production costs.

    Though the Herald article mentions the iPad 2, that model is reportedly in production now. So any talks for future supplies would have to be be about a future generation of the device, which the Herald says "is expected to be released later this year." It's interesting, given that S-PLS also offers Wide XGA graphics resolution. What this might mean in terms of an iPad was not detailed in the report, but the fact that these LCDs can support a display resolution of 1280 x 800 in the 4:3 aspect ratio of the current iPad, or up to 1366 x 768 in cinema 16:9 mode, could potentially suggest a higher-resolution or even widescreen iPad in the future. Is this display possibly intended for the mythical iPad 3?

    Source: MacRumors, image via Samsung
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple to Use Super-PLS LCDs in Future iPads? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      Just let LCD die!!! If PSP NGP is going to have an 5" OLED screen at an "affordable" price, the iPad at its expensive price should have an 10" OLED screen.

      Affordable is the key word. Everything I read says this thing is going to be $400+ at launch. I have always been a playstation fan, but a price like that is going to keep me from picking one of these up at launch. I think many others share that same sentiment.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Can't wait! Shouldn't be too much longer...like an early CHRISTMAS :]
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      Affordable is the key word. Everything I read says this thing is going to be $400+ at launch. I have always been a playstation fan, but a price like that is going to keep me from picking one of these up at launch. I think many others share that same sentiment.
      +1!

      I do. No way am I going to pay as much for a PSP as a brand new PS3!


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