Apple Inc. could launch two new versions of iPad in January as reported by Digitimes on Thursday.
Apple will show its next-generation iPad at the iWorld scheduled for January 26, 2012. iWorld is a new component of Apple’s world of technology for hosting media events for its own products. With the new releases, Apple will complete iPad series for the entry-level, mid-range and high-end market segments i.e. the price of iPad 2 will be made to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet.
Digitimes reported that the new iPad will come with 9.7 inch screens instead of previously rumoured 7.85 inch. The screen will have QXGA resolution (1,536×2,048 pixels). Brightness of the panels will be strengthened with the help of Dual-LED light bars. Panels will be supplied by Sharp while Samsung Electronics and LG Display would also be a part of the orders. Minebea, from which Sharp sources backlight units (BLUs) has become the part of supply chain for the new iPads.
Samsung will be the manufacturer of quad-core A6 processors for Apple’s next generation iPad. iPad 2 is based on dual-core A5.
Among the suppliers of CMOS image sensor (CIS) for one of the new versions of iPad, that will come with 5-megapixel lens, will be Samsung. While Sony will be the other supplier of CIS for iPad with 8-megapixel lens.
Batteries with a capacity of as high as 14,000 milliampere-hour (mAh) have been ordered to Simplo Technology and Dynapack International Technology.