iPad 2 will use Samsung PLS display technology – Rumor

Thu, Feb 17, 2011

News, Rumors

9to5Mac reports, via the Korea Herald, that Apple may utilize Samsung’s Super PLS technology for the upcoming iPad 2. Apple currently employs IPS (in-plane switching) panels along with FFS (fringe-field switching) technology in the iPad and iPhone 4 display, technologies which provide extremely wide viewing angles.

“Samsung’s PLS technology is superior to IPS in many regards,” the report notes. “The viewing angles provided by PLS are improved as the display actually shifts the shape of the individual pixels so they are displayed brighter and with better contrast from more angles.”

Not only that, but Super PLS displays are approximately 10% brighter than their IPS counterparts and cost about 15% less to manufacture. Intriguing, sure, but it’s odd that the Korea Herald would note that Samsung is in “final talks” with Apple to provide the aforementioned displays when it’s already been reported by the always-credible WSJ that iPad 2 production has already commenced. Still, there have been a plethora of reports stating that the iPad 2 display will see significant upgrades, though don’t expect that to manifest itself in the form of a giant 9.7-inch Retina Display.

But maybe this Super PLS technology will find its way into the iPad 3, which if you recall, some speculate may launch as soon as September. And one other reason why it might be too soon to see Samsung’s Super PLS technology find its way into the iPad 2 is that upon unveiling the new technology in December 2010, the Korean-based company said that mass production on said panels wouldn’t begin until winter 2011. And yeah, we’re in the throes of Winter right now (especially if you’re in the midwest), but the timeline for an iPad 2 and Super PLS pairing may just not be feasible for an iPad 2 launch in early April.


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