Report: Apple Revealing Two iPad 3 Tablets in January

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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  • so.. the class of the products are determined by the camera prowess
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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