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Display Expert: iPad 2 LCD As Good As iPhone 4

by on March 16th, 2011

A scientific analysis done by Dr. Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate Technologies on the iPad 2 display reveals that the iPad 2 delivers “almost identical” performance to the iPhone 4, even though the iPad 2 has significantly lower pixel density.

According to the report, the iPad 2 “has excellent LCD display hardware,” but Soneira does point out that the iPad 2 could benefit from a software update to improve anti-aliasing and automatic brightness controls.

The overall assessment concludes that “other than PPI resolution the iPad 2 display delivers similar performance to the iPhone 4 Retina Display.” As we know, PPI or Pixel Per Inch, is much higher on the iPhone 4 Retina Display which visually masks the individual display pixels.

As stated earlier, the report suggests that anti-aliasing enhancements to Apple’s iOS could compensate for the lower pixel density in the iPad 2. Anti-aliasing methods can reportedly reduce pixelation at lower resolutions, such as on the iPad 2.

Lastly, the report indicates that Apple will likely upgrade the resolution of the iPad in the next-generation version, or iPad 3. Numerous iPad 3 rumors appeared leading up to the iPad 2 launch with many expecting a better display in the yet unreleased product.

[AppleInsider]

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