A Mac news website claims to have got its hands on the LCD panel of the iPad 2.

9To5Mac said that it got its hands on the screen with the help of the iFixYouri repair shop. The LCD, which the site describes as being "fresh out of China", is said to be lighter and over 1mm thinner than the current iPad display.

It said, though, that it wasn't possible to tell if the resolution of the screen was higher than that of the original iPad, or whether it was a 'retina' display.

There has been much debate about whether the iPad 2 will have a higher resolution screen when it launches - early reports suggested that it might, though these claims were thrown into doubt when IDC claimed that a 2,048x1,536 resolution screen was highly unlikely to arrive in the iPad 2, though might make it into the third generation model.

Earlier this week, an analyst at Taiwanese firm Concord Securities appeared to confirm that the iPad 2 wouldn't have a 'retina' display, but that the screen was of much higher quality, a statement that adds weight to 9To5Mac's observations that the LCD is indeed of better quality than that of the original iPad.

The latest evidence points to an April launch for the iPad 2 in the US at least, though the rest of the world might have to wait a little longer - perhaps July.