Tablets set to target mid-range and high-end markets.
Loose-lipped supply chain sources claim the devices are set to arrive on January 26th 2012 at the iWorld event in San Francisco, according to Digitimes.
However, this isn't the first talk of the successor to the dominating iPad 2. We recently reported on the rumours of a 7.85-inch iPad, which was thought to be designed to compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire.
The sources have now quashed the discussion of smaller screens, saying that the imminent Apple tablets will still come with 9.7-inch screens, but will receive dual-LED light bars to strengthen the brightness.
While the iPad 2 is powered by dual-core A5 processors, Samsung has been contracted to provide the devices with quad-core A6 processors, according to the sources.
Some users have been less than impressed with the iPad 2's camera quality. Based on this, it's no surprise that Apple is expected to give its new devices a 5MP lens and an 8MP lens, provided by Samsung and Sony respectively.
Furthermore, the sources say battery capacity will be boosted up to 14,000mAH compared to 6,500mAH in the iPad 2.