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?
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