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Here's Why There Will Be No iPad 2 Successor In January 2012

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.

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.