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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 (opens in new tab).

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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.