Apple iPad 2: Lighter Display – Is this the real deal?

News and speculation about the upcoming Apple iPad 2 continues to dominate the tech pages at the moment and among our recent stories were articles about iPad 2 components, the fact it’s not likely to have an SD card slot, which had previously been speculated, and also a look at the iPad 2 vs. the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.

Today we’ve heard some more news that may intrigue some of you, a leaked iPad 2 LCD display, so you can finally see a little of what’s coming. Although this is unconfirmed an article by Mark Gurman over on 9to5Mac shows a screen leaked from iFixYouri (an iPhone repair shop) from China and we have to say that 9to5Mac are pretty hot on this kind of thing and believe it could be the real deal.

The leaked display (part number LP097X02-SLN1) is both lighter and slimmer than the current iPad screen, which will make the finished next-generation iPad much lighter, but there’s no way of telling yet if it is a higher-resolution display or Retina Display as has been rumored before. We previously reported though that it’s more likely a higher-resolution display will come to the iPad 3 rather than the next version. The actual build of the display though is said to be of improved quality. For the full article and a look at pictures comparing the apparent iPad 2 display to the original iPad display, head to the 9to5Mac link above.

Fred Straker over on The iPad Guide, also reports on this news from 9to5Mac and notes the new part is marked DVT (Design Verification Test), which usually would indicate that it’s very close to production. It seems then that we may be one step closer to the iPad 2 being in our hands and we’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this so please do send in your comments.