Apple will not be launching an iPad 3 tablet (or tablets) at the forthcoming IDG Macworld or iWorld event in San Francisco towards the end of January 2012 according to Jim Dalrymple of The Loop (opens in new tab).
The journalist says that the rumours that emanated from Taiwanese news website Digitimes and are based on sources in the supply component chain are "completely" false. He checked his own sources and says that there will be no iPad 3 or Apple TV announcements either at Macworld or at CES.
Apple left MacWorld Expo in 2009 and prefers to focus on its own events like the Apple Worldwide Developer conference to make major announcements.
In addition, Apple doesn't attend other tradeshows like the Consumer Electronics Show (in January), the Mobile World Congress (in February), Cebit (in March) or Computex (in June).
Another well-noted Apple journalist, John Gruber (opens in new tab), points out that Digitimes initially spread another rumour (that of a 7.85-inch iPad) before debunking it in the article announcing the launch of a pair of iPad 3 tablets in January 2012.
The iPad 3 is likely to have a 9.7-inch 2048x1536 pixel capacitive touchscreen with an Apple A6 quad core chipset at its heart.