updated 08:45 pm EST, Tue February 1, 2011
iPad 2 screen part arrives in the US
A screen for the next iPad may have surfaced outside of China for the first time. The 9.7-inch screen, while not turned on, matches analyst descriptions and is at least 1mm lighter and thinner than the panel it would replace. Despite these and a thinner bezel, it would have "definitely higher quality" than the earlier model, 9to5Mac said.
The panel is likely what Apple would ship. Markings on the back refer to DVT, a term that for Apple usually means it's part of a Design Verification Test. The prototype step is usually one below final production and is usually representative of the finished hardware.
If representative of the final hardware, the screen could support both the iPod touch-inspired design but also that Apple may have addressed the common complaint of the iPad's weight. At 1.5 pounds, the tablet is so far much heavier than e-paper readers such as the Kindle.