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Report: Apple Revealing Two iPad 3 Tablets in January

By - Source: DigiTimes | B 52 comments

Apple will reportedly unveil two iPad 3 models next month, one sporting a 5MP camera and the other an 8MP camera.

Apple will reportedly reveal two iPad 3 models during the Macworld/iWorld expo scheduled for January 26-28, 2012, in San Francisco. Sources claim that both will offer the same 9.7-inch QXGA screen (1536 x 2048), but one will feature a 5MP camera lens while the other will sport a larger 8MP lens. Both will provide dual LED light bars to strengthen the brightness of the screens.

According to sources at Apple's supply chain partners, via Digitimes, the iPad 2 will also join the two newer models during the show. It will supposedly represent the entry-level tablet in Apple's iPad line, followed by the 5MP iPad 3 (mid-range) and 8MP iPad 3 (high-end). It will also reportedly compete directly with Amazon's Kindle Fire, thus indicating that Apple could introduce a cheaper, 8 GB version to better compete with the Kindle Fire's $199 pricetag.

Sources also claim that Sharp has signed on to provide the majority of the iPad 3 display panels, with Samsung and LG Display picking up the slack. Minebea, the company which provides backlight units (BLUs) to Sharp, has also entered Apple's supply chain for the new iPads. Outside the display, according to reports, Samsung will provide both the quad-core A6 processor and the CMOS image sensor (CIS) for the 5MP lens, whereas Sony will serve as the CIS supplier for the 8MP lens. The iPad 2 will presumably retain the current dual-core A5 SoC.

Apple unveiled the iPad 2 on March 2, 2011, and then began selling the device online and in retail shops on March 11. The original iPad was first introduced back on January 27, but didn't release the tablet until April. More than 15 million iPad units were sold by the time the sequel hit retail shops the following year March.

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    wizloa , December 29, 2011 10:09 PM
    so.. the class of the products are determined by the camera prowess
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    Anonymous , December 29, 2011 10:08 PM
    Apple Revealing Two iPad 3 Tablets in January?
    $499 without any usb input/output.
    $699 without any usb input/output either too?
    maybe some new feature like siri steve jobs's voice edition?
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    whitey_rolls , December 29, 2011 9:47 PM
    Seriously contemplating buying an Ipad 3. I've been looking to get a tablet for a while and was dead set against Apple (Have previously been against buying their products, believe they are over priced and too controlling over content). At this point though with the lack of apps for android and third party hardware support it's pretty frustrating and I might give in to the Apple machine.

    We'll see about pricing.
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    Anonymous , December 29, 2011 9:58 PM
    whitey_rolls 12/30/2011 12:47 PM
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    Seriously contemplating buying an Ipad 3. I've been looking to get a tablet for a while and was dead set against Apple (Have previously been against buying their products, believe they are over priced and too controlling over content). At this point though with the lack of apps for android and third party hardware support it's pretty frustrating and I might give in to the Apple machine.

    We'll see about pricing.


    You are a clear Apple troll!

    1) android has all the apps you need. What you said is just a false iSheep talking point.
    2) Asus Transformer Prime is currently the best. Twice the Ipad2 at a lower cost and not locked in like the ipad.
    3) you are clearly a paid poster for apple. get lost buddy and go choke on your overpriced piece of crap.
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    eddieroolz , December 29, 2011 9:59 PM
    We heard pretty much the same thing with the iPhone5 a while ago, and look how that turned out.

    Having three models in its lineup just doesn't make sense for Apple. For one, the price difference between the top tier and the bottom tier isn't that big at all. With a laptop Apple can justify its selections. Tablets, not so much.
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    silver565 , December 29, 2011 10:07 PM
    I sense.... many patent court cases from this. Twice the amount of 2011!

    --gets popcorn--
  • 12 Hide
    Anonymous , December 29, 2011 10:08 PM
    Apple Revealing Two iPad 3 Tablets in January?
    $499 without any usb input/output.
    $699 without any usb input/output either too?
    maybe some new feature like siri steve jobs's voice edition?
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    wizloa , December 29, 2011 10:09 PM
    so.. the class of the products are determined by the camera prowess
  • 6 Hide
    whitey_rolls , December 29, 2011 10:12 PM
    downwithappletrollswhitey_rolls 12/30/2011 12:47 PMHide-0+Seriously contemplating buying an Ipad 3. I've been looking to get a tablet for a while and was dead set against Apple (Have previously been against buying their products, believe they are over priced and too controlling over content). At this point though with the lack of apps for android and third party hardware support it's pretty frustrating and I might give in to the Apple machine.We'll see about pricing.You are a clear Apple troll! 1) android has all the apps you need. What you said is just a false iSheep talking point.2) Asus Transformer Prime is currently the best. Twice the Ipad2 at a lower cost and not locked in like the ipad.3) you are clearly a paid poster for apple. get lost buddy and go choke on your overpriced piece of crap.


    Lol

    This post made me laugh. I really shouldn't have to defend myself but I currently have an HTC Legend phone, an HP laptop and a custom built desktop. I've never ever purchased an apple product.

    The Asus Transformer Prime is actually kind of disappointing when you look at benchmarks considering it's a quad core in a lot of tests it doesn't perform that much better than the current dual cores. I'll still never buy a mac computer, way over priced for the hardware.... but when you try to buy headphones (with a mic and the call options etc.) and it's all "apple", "apple", "apple" and I can't find any android products (as an example) it eventually takes its toll.
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    g-unit1111 , December 29, 2011 10:22 PM
    Quote:
    1) android has all the apps you need. What you said is just a false iSheep talking point.


    OK - I'll admit I'm not the biggest Apple fan here, but I am getting *REALLY* tired of the phrase iSheep - the people who are using this phrase are getting to be just as bad as the Apple trolls they claim to hate.
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    malicemizer , December 29, 2011 10:25 PM
    Lol people get so pissed off if anyone likes apple. It's really getting out of hand. Apple and android are both good. I prefer apple but I shouldn't have to be called stupid or dumb or a sheep because I like a company. Grow up people.
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    Anonymous , December 29, 2011 10:30 PM
    Apple pulled out of MacWorld last year. They will not attend this year either. Basic knowledge for an Apple ananlyst. Man, can't beleive people are paid to make up these rumours. Can't beleive someone is actually reprinting this...
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    ta152h , December 29, 2011 10:32 PM
    It's kind of strange that Apple is getting so much from Samsung.

    I understand coopetition, but there seems to be so much acrimony between those two, I would have thought it unlikely.

    Then again, Apple would probably make a deal with the devil (the original Apple was priced at $666. No lie) if it made profits. Or use their entire bankroll to stop Android.
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    ta152h , December 29, 2011 10:35 PM
    eddieroolzWe heard pretty much the same thing with the iPhone5 a while ago, and look how that turned out.Having three models in its lineup just doesn't make sense for Apple. For one, the price difference between the top tier and the bottom tier isn't that big at all. With a laptop Apple can justify its selections. Tablets, not so much.


    We don't know the pricing yet. If the iPad 2 goes for $299, the pricing model will work. I think they need to lower the price of entry. I also think it's better to lower the price of good, if dated, technology, then to come out with something more modern, but with compromised quality, and missing features people want (like the Kindle Fire does, in some cases).
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    Anonymous , December 29, 2011 10:39 PM
    whitey_rolls 12/30/2011 1:12 AM
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    downwithappletrolls :
    whitey_rolls 12/30/2011 12:47 PMHide-0+Seriously contemplating buying an Ipad 3. I've been looking to get a tablet for a while and was dead set against Apple (Have previously been against buying their products, believe they are over priced and too controlling over content). At this point though with the lack of apps for android and third party hardware support it's pretty frustrating and I might give in to the Apple machine.We'll see about pricing.You are a clear Apple troll! 1) android has all the apps you need. What you said is just a false iSheep talking point.2) Asus Transformer Prime is currently the best. Twice the Ipad2 at a lower cost and not locked in like the ipad.3) you are clearly a paid poster for apple. get lost buddy and go choke on your overpriced piece of crap.



    Lol

    This post made me laugh. I really shouldn't have to defend myself but I currently have an HTC Legend phone, an HP laptop and a custom built desktop. I've never ever purchased an apple product.

    The Asus Transformer Prime is actually kind of disappointing when you look at benchmarks considering it's a quad core in a lot of tests it doesn't perform that much better than the current dual cores. I'll still never buy a mac computer, way over priced for the hardware.... but when you try to buy headphones (with a mic and the call options etc.) and it's all "apple", "apple", "apple" and I can't find any android products (as an example) it eventually takes its toll.

    THE BENCHMARK TESTS THAT WERE USED ARE APPLE FRIENDLY AND DO NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE QUAD CORE.

    REAL LIFE BENCHMARK TESTS IS SPEED AND POWER SHOW 2 TO 3 TIMES THE POWER. REASEARCH INSTEAD OF BEING AN ISHEEP
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    zybch , December 29, 2011 10:45 PM
    g-unit1111OK - I'll admit I'm not the biggest Apple fan here, but I am getting *REALLY* tired of the phrase iSheep - the people who are using this phrase are getting to be just as bad as the Apple trolls they claim to hate.

    If the hat fits then these iSheep should be called out on it.
    The crap about not enough apps is totally bogus. I have the Iconia A500 (dual 1Ghz) and its a far better tablet in most respects than the apple alternative that costs a minimum of twice the price but lacks such simple and obvious things such as HDMI out, USB & micro USB conectivity and a way to charge it with an AC adaptor (without filling up the only expansion port the iPad has).
    Only iSheep go on about the apps, having 2 billion shitty apps and having to pay for 53% of them (compared to 40-odd% from the android marketplace) means nothing if 1/2 of them are just inferior ripoffs of the other 1/4 and the remainder are fart apps.
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    wildkitten , December 29, 2011 10:59 PM
    I am with someone else, why does the camera make the difference in price?

    And if it does make so much of a difference, why not a model with no camera that's a lower price. I don't have a tablet, yet, but I do have a Kindle E-book reader. That being close to the same size, I can't see using a device of that size to take pictures with. Most cell phones have at least a 5MP camera, my Droid Bionic has an 8. I woule much rather have a tablet with no camera and a lower price and use my phone to take snapshots with.
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    keakuamai , December 29, 2011 11:04 PM
    Good grief. It's a tablet, it's not a life threatening device and negative responses here seem to be out of balance. Here's how I see it, those espousing one product over the other and wanting to RAM benchmarks down anyone's throats as being real life, well, you really need to get a life.

    Some folks have their own opinion and they're not advocating that everyone follow their lead, simply stating what they've observed and or discovered in their research

    nothing more nothing less, I don't see why that's such a problem

    Again, it's a personal device, not a nuclear threat!
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    tramit , December 29, 2011 11:04 PM
    zybchIf the hat fits then these iSheep should be called out on it.The crap about not enough apps is totally bogus. I have the Iconia A500 (dual 1Ghz) and its a far better tablet in most respects than the apple alternative that costs a minimum of twice the price but lacks such simple and obvious things such as HDMI out, USB & micro USB conectivity and a way to charge it with an AC adaptor (without filling up the only expansion port the iPad has).Only iSheep go on about the apps, having 2 billion shitty apps and having to pay for 53% of them (compared to 40-odd% from the android marketplace) means nothing if 1/2 of them are just inferior ripoffs of the other 1/4 and the remainder are fart apps.


    Your comment also further proves g-unit1111's comment even further when he mentions "the people who are using this phrase are getting to be just as bad as the Apple trolls they claim to hate." All extreme fans suck, even you. I like android and all but I don't hate everything else because of it.
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    applegetsmelaid , December 29, 2011 11:30 PM
    Ipad 3? Mating season is back!
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    fb39ca4 , December 29, 2011 11:34 PM
    IMO the font camera would be useful for video chat on a tablet, but I don't see much need for the rear one.
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    ava__ , December 29, 2011 11:48 PM
    keakuamaiGood grief. It's a tablet, it's not a life threatening device [...]


    You are so wrong. This is a device which will bring more and more money into Apple accounts. They currently have more than 70 billion dollars at their hands. Concentration of such an ammount of capital into a few hands WILL definitely affect your life. This kind of money is used TODAY to such things as suing competition out to oblivion, file more bogus/obvious patents, buying politicians lobbying changes into the patent system, change the whole law system to suit their needs. Do you realize how dangerous is this power they already have ?
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