Two new iPad models rumored to be announced soon

December 29, 2011

Two new iPad models?

This week has been full of juicy Apple rumors, with whispers that the iPhone 5 could be fully redesigned and released in the fall of next year and that a mini-iPad (7.85 inch screen) could be released in 2012 to compete with the Amazon Kindle Fire. Digitimes reports that two new iPad models could be announced as soon as January 26, 2012. Their supply chain sources note a new iPad could be released at the end of the first quarter and the 7.85-inch mini-iPad could launch toward the end of the year.

“Global shipments of tablet PCs are expected to reach 60 million units in 2011, of which 70% will be Apple’s iPads. To cash in on market demand as well as market expectations, Apple is expected to release its next-generation iPads at the end first-quarter 2012,” Digitimes reports. “However, in order to cope with increasing market competition including the 7-inch Kindle Fire from Amazon and the launch of large-size smartphones from handset vendors, Apple has been persuaded into the development of 7.85-inch iPads, the sources indicated.”

The 7.85-inch panels are being purchased from LG Display and it is also rumored that Apple will buy panels from AU Optronics (AUO) with production of the smaller iPad model to begin in the second quarter of 2012. Samsung will manufacture quad-core A6 processors for Apple, instead of the dual-core A5 used in the current iPad 2.

Digitimes does not have a perfect track record with rumors, but they are usually spot on, causing many to take these rumors as fact.

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  1. I wouldn't count on the introduction of a 7 inch iPad anytime soon. Apple is never in a hurry to release a product just because someone else brings out a different format. One would hope for a scenario that would have Apple develop iOS to be resolution independent to alleviate the hassle developers have of writing for two different resolutions. The same problem would exist if they bring out a Hi-Res iPad.

    What will Apple do? Nobody truly knows, which will make great fodder for tech journalists in the months to come.

  2. Can I get a 12 or 13 inch model? 7 inches or even 10 inches seems to small.

    • 9.7" only. A seven inch is unlikely for now.

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