There have been quite a lot of chatter about the iPad 3’s (supposed) new Retina Display, but for the first time, we are able to see something with more credibility. The boys and gals over at iFixit got their stubby little fingers on what appears to be the iPad 3 display, and from their in-depth analysis of the thing, it could be the real thing for sure.

This display was first revealed by MacRumors, but was handed over to iFixit to see if they could get it up and running on the iPad 2. However, due to the difference in the connectors, getting it to work would require some old fashion voodoo magic, or a downright miracle.

Nonetheless, after analyzing the panel under a USB microscope, iFixit confirmed that the supposed iPad 3 panel doubles the resolution of the iPad 2 with its own 2048×1536 resolution. If this truly turns out to be the iPad 3 display, then Apple lovers are in for a real treat when Apple announces and release the next generation device.

On the other hand, iFixit did a side-by-side comparison of the iPad 2 display panel with the supposed iPad 3 panel. They came away with the conclusion that both panels are identical and only the connectors and the weight is what differentiate them from each other. The mystery panel weighs 17 gram less than the iPad 2, which could mean the iPad 3 could be lighter than the iPad 2 slightly.

It is expected that Apple would announce the iPad 3 in March. If that is the case, hopefully disappointment will not rear its ugly head. The last time that happened, the iPhone 4S was what we got instead of the much anticipated iPhone 5.

(Reported by Vamien McKalin, edited by Wendy Li)

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