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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. plumoso's Avatar
      plumoso -
      This sound good ,, I can't wait for my iPad 2
    1. LamboFan's Avatar
      LamboFan -
      Wow. I need this for my iPhone
    1. xxhorseriderxxx's Avatar
      xxhorseriderxxx -
      Who wants to look at an iPad screen at an angle of 178? lol
    1. ohthatguyagain's Avatar
      ohthatguyagain -
      Quote Originally Posted by xxhorseriderxxx View Post
      Who wants to look at an iPad screen at an angle of 178? lol
      I watch all my movies from the side of the iPad! It looks like a square! ... ^-,,-^
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      60% of iphone, ipad and ipod components are made by Samsung.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      60% of iphone, ipad and ipod components are made by Samsung.
      Sam-i-pod?

      Anyway, you'll find this kind of thing all over the electronics world, it's nothing new. I doubt HP makes the screws, wire, chips, bulbs, or glass for it's "HP" monitors... They contract the small stuff out, so they can focus on design, distribution, marketing, and assembly.


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    1. MPS3's Avatar
      MPS3 -
      wow she is cute =)
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Is there really a need for better viewing angle technology? Does anyone look at any display at more than a 45 degree angle?
      I for one, don't want everyone on a train, bus, plane, anywhere, to be able to clearly see the screen of my iPhone.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      For something like the iPad, I don't see what the point of touting better viewing angles is. Are there people that are viewing the ipad at much of an angle at all? Seriously. We aren't talking about a wall mounted television that people are viewing from different areas of the room.
    1. brianlg's Avatar
      brianlg -
      her fingernails are huge
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      maybe they'll use this on iPad 3 they said they would release in sept.
    1. Drummr's Avatar
      Drummr -
      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      her fingernails are huge
      Thats the first thing i noticed. They look creepy.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I don't see the point of S-PLS LCD's. I wonder if Apple's even considered QLED for their displays in the future? They may just stick with what they have though.
    1. Nickjudd's Avatar
      Nickjudd -
      Creepy finger nails!!!!
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      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.

      If they insist on using LCD, they could at least go to SLCD from Sony, Sony SLCD is the best LCD I've ever seen, pretty good blacks and a higher contrast ratio than this IPS old tech Apple insist on using.

      I don't believe in Apple rumours unless its a leak like iPhone 4, Xperia Play etc

      I hope at least the iPhone 5 has a OLED screen.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      i do think that the viewing angle is for when your seating at a table and the ipad is flat on it. your not really straigh down on it depending on the height difference in the chair to table. better graphic this way would be great. but i really think that ipad need a lot more RAM. im always running low on memory and having apps crash
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      OLED tech is too expensive to produce in mass for tablets. Right now the best bang for the buck is LCD-based technology, and as such that's what I'd like to see improved on until better tech comes along at a reasonable price point. Heck, even Samsung isn't putting OLED screens on their forthcoming tablets, so how on Earth could Apple?
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by politicalslug View Post
      OLED tech is too expensive to produce in mass for tablets. Right now the best bang for the buck is LCD-based technology, and as such that's what I'd like to see improved on until better tech comes along at a reasonable price point. Heck, even Samsung isn't putting OLED screens on their forthcoming tablets, so how on Earth could Apple?
      OLED is not too expensive, especially if you're selling the device at $500+.
      Apple are simply maximising their already huge profit on iPads by using cheaper components. Same goes for Samsung, both could easily put OLED in their Tablets.
    1. keenpois0n's Avatar
      keenpois0n -
      lol while everyone is discussing the screens or whatever this article is about, you guys have totally gone off track by looking at the chic and judging her fingernails lmao.
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by xxhorseriderxxx View Post
      Who wants to look at an iPad screen at an angle of 178? lol
      Have to agree, thats kind of impractical to start with.