A story on AppleInsider has some interesting information from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of Concord Securities, to the effect that the iPad 3 may well be getting a 9.7-inch IPS panel screen with fringe-field switching (***) technology, which makes for a wider viewing angle and is clearer and easier to see in the sun. Kuo also told AppleInsider that the display will have Retina Display-like quality, with a resolution of 2048x1536, double that of the current version. According to Kuo, the iPad 2 will not be getting this new screen, because currently Apple is unable to get such screens supplied and installed in the right volume and at the right price.
AppleInsider says that Kuo has a good track record of accurate predictions on these matters, having correctly outlined the details of the iPhone 4’s display and RAM back in May 2010.“At this point,” Kuo told AppleInsider, “making a high-resolution and bright IPS/*** panel is not easy and the production volume and cost couldn’t meet Apple’s requirements.”
If you’ve got your heart set on an iPad with a Retina Display, don’t despair just yet though, as an earlier story on MacRumors, gleaned from a couple of usually accurate sources, said that the iPad 3 may actually be launched as early as September 2011.
Sources: AppleInsider | iPad 3 with Retina display, new device sized between iPad and iPod in Apple's pipeline, iPad 3 to Arrive This September? - Mac Rumors