At this point, we cannot tell if the resolution is higher (or “Retina”) but it is definitely higher quality in terms of its build.
This would make perfect sense for the iPad 2 as the screen in question appears have a slightly higher pixel density, less bezel, glass-on-screen (like the iPhone 4) and an overall thinner profile, which would allow for a thinner profile and/or a larger battery, consistent with recent rumors.
The part numbers on the rear have a similar naming convention to the part used in the iPad 1:
- LP097X02-SLA3 is the old iPad part
- LP097X02-SLN1 is new
More evidence that the photos could be the real-deal include the letters "DVT" printed on the back label, which Apple has used forever internally to denote a "Design Verification Test."
I'm calling these real.
I hope that they're going to try to power that puppy up and report on its pixel density. At a minimum, someone should be counting those pixels under a microscope!
Seven more pictures over at 9 to 5 Mac.