I think there's hope - the iPad uses IPS, and the new iPhone is supposedly going to use IPS. Also, the latest KNO tablet is said to use a dual-screen 14.1" (!!) IPS panel. The word is getting out that:
a. Your current laptop screen sucks
b. It doesn't HAVE to suck
My hunch is that SOMEONE is going to see this as an opportunity to sell a few million new laptops as the market get saturated with Smartbooks, Smartphones, netbooks, notebooks, and desktop replacements - not many markets left beyond "replacebooks"
Couldn't agree more.
"replacebooks" - even these exist... eReaders like Kindle and such.
The nicest one I've seen yet is the Plastic Logic Que (not yet released).
Some new technologies such as from Pixel Qi, and Liquavista that crossover the line between e-ink and regular LCD will reportedly be showing up in both slates and netbooks. Might give you the best of both worlds in terms of being able to use it both backlit and non-backlit or outdoors.
http://www.liliputing.com/2010/06/pixel ... rated.html
These sorts of improvements can't happen soon enough in my opinion.