Ming-Chi Kuo, the oft-quoted analyst from Concord Securities, who correctly predicted that the iPhone 4 would have twice the amount of RAM of the iPad and a double VGA resolution, told Apple Insider that the iPad 3, not the iPad 2, will come with a Retina Display-like screen, similar to the iPhone 4.
According to the report, the iPad 3 will come with a 9.7 inch IPS panel with FFS (fringe-field switching) technology which allows for "a wider viewing angle and clearer visual quality under in sunlight".
Like many, Kuo states that Apple has been running through production issues which drastically reduced manufacturing yield rates.
The panels on the iPad 2 will still come with at least two enhancements; they will be thinner and lighter, which will have a direct impact on the weight and size of the iPad 2 and they will have an anti-reflection feature that will allow them to be viewed in bright sunlight.
Kuo's analysis nicely dovetails with what Jeremy Horwitz and John Gruber of Daring Fireball have previously said; that the iPad 2 we will see next week might be an interim step towards something even better, one which may be presented in September 2011 at the same time as the new iPod range, just before the holidays.
For once, production issues, the inability to deliver as many units as expected, is what is preventing Apple from delivering what it wants, not technology.