A new report from DigiTimes suggests that Apple will unveil two models of the next generation iPad at the Macworld|iWorld conference on the 26th of January. The iPad 2 would be pushed down the product line to become the entry-level model and compete with the Kindle Fire, while the two new models would focus on mid and high-range segments.
The report goes on to dismiss possibilities of a 7.85 inch iPad:
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.
In addition to a retina display, the new iPads would reportedly house the A6 chip, feature improved camera sensors (8MP and 5MP) and have a greatly improved battery life (6,500mAH->14,000mAH).
The most unlikely claim in this report is Apple’s return to Macworld. Apple pulled out of the conference in 2008, primarily because it didn’t want to involve any third party during product launches. It’s last appearance at the conference was in January 2009.
Since the sources DigiTimes cites are suppliers, it’s very likely that they are misinformed about which events would Apple launch their devices. However, their knowledge about specifications of future Apple devices have better chances of being right.
DigiTimes has been on fire lately, with four reports about future Apple products in the past three days. The site doesn’t have a very good track record when it comes to Apple rumors. MacRumors statistics peg DigiTimes’ accuracy rate at 55%.
We’ll have to wait and see how Apple’s product line shapes up.