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Apple to release two new iPads next year, says DigiTimes

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A new report claims that Apple will release two new iPads next year, one for the high end with double the screen resolution and a mid-range device as well. The current iPad 2 would remain in the line-up as the low-end option.

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DigiTimes has come out with an unusually detailed report claiming that Apple will release not one, but two new iPads in January. There will supposedly be a high-end iPad with an 8-megapixel camera, a 1536 x 2048 screen lit by dual-LED light bars, a quad-core A6 processor, and a massive 14,000mAh battery that's nearly twice the capacity of the iPad 2. A mid-range iPad is said to have a 5-megapixel camera while the existing iPad 2 would continue as Apple's low-end option, presumably with a reduced price to help it compete with inexpensive Android tablets.

Several pieces of the report do line up with previous reports we've heard of an iPad HD, including the pixel-doubled screen resolution and the idea that there would be a high-end iPad in the market at the same time as the existing iPad 2. However, DigiTimes also says that it would be released at iWorld (formerly just "Macworld") in January — a detail that casts a shadow over the entire report given Apple's withdrawal from the show and DigiTimes' rather lackluster record when it comes rumors about companies not based in its home country of Taiwan.