Rumor: New iPads to be announced in January

I, for one, am eagerly anticipating the new iPads. And the latest rumor, via the Taiwanese publication DigiTimes, is that Apple will announce two new iPad models at Macworld in January. Most commentators are treating this Macworld rumor as unlikely. As usual, the sources for this tidbit are component suppliers. The report says that there will be three iPads: continued production of the current iPad 2 on the low end, meant to compete with the Kindle Fire, and two new iPads intended for the mid-range and high-end markets. Both are said to have double the battery life and 1,536 x 2,047 retina displays. They reportedly will have a quad-core A6 processor, and an 8-megapixel camera. The report says that there won't be a 7-inch model on the low end, as previously rumored. The Macworld scenario seems unlikely, since Apple no longer participates in that event.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.