Digitimes reports on two stories tonight that Apple is set to debut new iPad models at iWorld (formerly Macworld) on January 26, 2012. These new models will remain at the same 9.7″ screen like existing iPads with a mid-range and high end models:
Instead of the previously-rumored 7.85-inch, the upcoming iPad models will still feature 9.7-inch screens but come with QXGA resolution (1,536×2,048 pixels), the sources indicated. Dual-LED light bars are designed for the new iPads to strengthen the brightness of the panels, the sources added.
The next generation iPads will feature the new quad-core A6 chip, manufactured by Samsung:
Apple continues to contract Samsung to manufacture its quad-core A6 processors, which will be used in the next-generation iPads, the sources revealed. The existing iPad 2 is based on the dual-core A5.
Sources also mention new higher resolution cameras will arrive to these new iPad models, with one version set to receive a 5MP lens from Samsung, and an 8MP lens on the high end iPad from Sony. Moreover, the high end iPad is set to receive double the battery life, up to 14,000 mAh:
In addition, Simplo Technology and Dynapack International Technology have both secured orders for batteries with a capacity of as high as 14,000 milliampere-hour (mAh) used in the new iPads, according to the sources.
Take these reports for what they’re worth, but I don’t think Apple will be unveiling anything at iWorld, set to take place in less than a month. They stopped attending back in 2009. The latest rumour was the next generation iPad would debut on Steve Jobs’ birthday.
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