An interesting rumor from overseas publication Digitimes this evening claims knowledge of Apple’s iPad plans for 2012. The sometimes-accurate publication reports that Apple is planning to unveil two iPad models at once next year during the Macworld|iWorld conference in January.

Apple allegedly has two iPads for the low-end and high-end consumer markets, with the latter model boasting double the battery life of the iPad 2. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard such claims, but this new report seems questionable.

Both reported iPads are expected to come with 9.7-inch screens, a higher pixel density, and brighter LEDs. Such a “HD” Apple tablet was originally rumored many months ago by This is my next (now called The Verge). It was said that Apple was working on an more high-end iPad to run Final Cut and offer a Retina-like display.

The likelihood of Apple appearing at Macworld|iWorld is next to none. Apple stopped attending the conference (formerly known as only Macworld) in 2008, and the company has said that trade shows are no longer a main part of its business. A surprise keynote from Apple at the conference next month would certainly be out of the company’s character. Apple announced both the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S at its own events in 2011.

MacRumors says that Digitimes’ track record on Apple rumor accuracy is 55%.

  • Anonymous

    That’s still a higher number than the approval ratings of our government officials =P

  • Anonymous

    No.

    This is like the ‘iphone nano’ rumor, remember those?? We would have 2 new iPhones, the major upgrade iPhone and one with less features to compete with the low end market. Did it happen? No, instead apple used the 3GS to compete in the low end market.

    Here history will repeat its self. Apple WILL be selling two iPads next year, the iPad 2 will continue to sell (slightly cheaper) and the brand new iPad 3 that is released.

  • They said the same with the last iPhone release…and guess what, didnt happen!
    I personally dont think this will happen.

  • Anonymous

    Just improve battery life. Don’t follow android by increasing horsepower with only slight improvements to battery. Surprise me apple. My Evo last 3.5 hours only. 🙁

  • Anonymous

    This is true they are going to release 2 iPads
    That’s right 2
    A white one and a black one lol

  • Dan

    I heard the next iPad will be able to prepare supper and walk your dog too

  • Dan

    I heard the next iPad will be able to prepare supper and walk your dog too