9to5Mac on Tuesday posted a number of photos comparing the iPad 1 screen to what they claim is a screen from the upcoming iPad 2 which they acquired with the help of iFixyouri, an online iPhone repair shop.
At this point, we cannot tell if the resolution is higher (or “Retina”) but it is definitely higher quality in terms of its build. The iPad 2′s display is also lighter, and over a mm thinner than the current iPad’s display with a smaller surrounding frame. This is a dream for a product designer like Jony Ive who now has some more tapering options for what looks to be a significantly lighter iPad 2.
This corroborates an earlier report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who recently wrote in a note to investors that the iPad 2 display will be 30-35% thinner than the original. This should be welcome news for anyone who thought the original iPad had a little bit too much heft to it, a circumstance which made it tough for some to hold the device unaided for prolonged periods of time. A lighter iPad may be just what the doctor ordered.