Apple iPad 3 Tablet Pair To Come In January 2012

Apple will release two tablets - possibly called the iPad 3 - at the forthcoming IDG-organised Apple-focused event, iWorld in San Francisco, towards the end of January 2012, according to anonymous sources in the supply chain ecosystem quoted by Digitimes' Yenting Chen and Ingrid Lee.

The sources claim that the new models will coexist alongside the current iPad 2 model and will allow Apple to target the entry level, mid-range and high-end market segments.

Digitimes says that the new iPad models will come with 9.7-inch QXGA panels - often dubbed Retina Display screens, although they don't quite match the pixel density of the iPhone 4 and 4S - and dual LED light bars to "strengthen the brightness of the panels".

The two models will likely push the current iPad 2 towards the entry level market just as Apple did with the iPhone 4.

Other features that the new iPad 3 will inherit include: a quad core A6 chipset which will also be used in the iPhone 5, a five megapixel CMOS image sensor on the mid-range model from Samsung and an eight-megapixel one from Sony on the high-end one, as well as 14400mAh batteries, more than twice the capacity of the one in the iPad 2.