Two iPad 3′s in January Report: Would you bother with mid-range release?

Two iPad 3′s in January Report: Would you bother with mid-range release?

Many of you are following news about the next Apple iPad and waiting for details on availability. Recently we told how a date of February 24 for the release of an iPad 3 was on the cards. This came from Apple supply chain sources that said the tablet was targeted for launch on the anniversary of Steve Jobs’ birthday. Today a new report suggests that there could in fact be two new iPads and they could be released as early as January.

We have previously reported on the possibility of two new next-generation iPads coming and this news does appear to back up that earlier speculation. However, don’t get too excited just yet as although the report offers some interesting points it also contains a glaring piece of information that doesn’t fit the bill. Our previous news on two iPad’s was for an iPad 3 arriving in the first quarter of 2012 followed by a smaller 7.85-inch iPad coming before Q4. The new report from Taiwanese newspaper DigiTimes says however that there will not only be two new iPads but that they will both unveil in January.

News of the DigiTimes report was brought to us from Dieter Bohn over on The Verge who describes it as “unusually detailed.” Some of the information that DigiTimes offer is that one iPad will be a high-end model with a 1536 x 2048 screen and dual LED light bars, A6 quad-core processor, 8-megapixel camera and a whopping 14,000mAh battery. If this is accurate then a lot of people are likely to be hugely pleased at such a step-up in specs. The other iPad on the way is reported to be a mid-range model with a 5-megapixel camera. Both of the models on the way are said to have 9.7-inch displays so there’s no mention of a smaller version as in the previous speculation

It’s then likely that the current iPad 2 would become a low-end option at a reduced price. While a lot of this information looks promising we have to point out that DigiTimes has a mixed record of accuracy on Apple leaks and one major flaw in its report is that it claims the new iPads will be shown at iWorld on January 26. However as The Verge points out, Apple has withdrawn from that event (previously MacWorld) and so this does cast rather a shadow over the accuracy of the remainder of the DigiTimes report.

We’re certainly interested to hear more, especially about the high-end iPad (presumably iPad 3) and we’ll be following developments and bring more news as we hear it. We’re interested to hear your thoughts on this. Do you think a new iPad in two versions makes sense? Would you consider buying a mid-range model if an all-singing, all-dancing model was also released at the same time? Let us know with your comments.

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