The gang over at 9to5Mac have acquired, what they are reporting to be, a display panel for Apple’s next generation iPad — oft referred to as the iPad 2. The panel is over 1mm thinner than the one used in the current iPad, “lighter,” and has a smaller border-footprint. More evidence that this panel could be authentic: the serial number of the new display (P097X02-SLN1) begins with the same eight characters as the current iPad display (LP097X02-SLA3). The blog notes that it obtained the display from iFixYouri — an iPhone 4 repair service — and that it is unable to identify whether this is a “Retina” display or not. Although, using the serial number, a commenter on the post surmised that the panel is a LG Phillips 9.7-inch XGA 1024 x 768 H-IPS display (we have no way of independently verifying this). What do you think? Would Apple release its next iPad without the infamous Retina display?