Sunday, February 13, 2011, 10:00 am
Samsung could supply superior 'PLS' display for future Apple iPadApple's next-generation iPad could trade its "In-Plane Switching" (IPS) display for a new "Super Plane to Line Switching" (PLS) display for improved viewing angles, according to a new report.
Citing industry sources, a new report from The Korea Times claims that Samsung Mobile Display will supply LCD panels for Apple's anticipated "iPad 2." Apple currently buys LCD panels from a number of companies, including LG Display and others, but that is "expected to change because of the LCD panel's unit price," the report said.
Last November, Samsung first unveiled its new "Super PLS" displays, and the panels have reportedly gained the attention of Apple. The report said that Apple has shown interest in Super PLS LCDs, which are geared toward smartphones and tablets, and allow for even more improved viewing angles than the IPS display found in the first-generation iPad.
However, the report stopped short of stating that Apple is interested in using a Super PLS display in its second-generation touchscreen tablet. It only said that Apple has shown interest in the new technology.
The display of Apple's next-generation iPad, widely expected to be released in the coming months, has been the subject of a great deal of discussions as rumors about the still-unannounced device grow. In January it was suggested that Apple could quadruple the pixels from the current iPad to a 2,048-by-1,536 display, giving the device a "Retina Display" like the iPhone 4.
But other reports have cast doubt on those rumors, suggesting that the power required to run a display at that high of a resolution would result in too poor a battery life for the device. It has been suggested that the next-generation iPad will instead retain its 1,024-by-768-pixel resolution.
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