Digitimes reported that the “battery capacity for the high-end version of Apples new iPad – due to be unveiled in January 2012 – will be increased to 14,000mAH compared to 6,500mAH used currently, according to industry sources.” According to their sources Apple will also unveil two versions of its next-generation tablet, one for the high-end segment and one for the mid-range segment.
Global production of lithium-polymer battery cells will top 400 million units in 2011, and the prices of the cells are expected to remain higher in 2012 after being hiked by 20% in the second quarter of 2011, the sources indicated.
9to5mac reported that Sharp will be the major display provider with Samsung and LG also providing displays, as well. Samsung will manufacture the new A6 processor in Texas that will at least power the high-end version. Additionally, serious cameras are on deck for the new iPads that would boast 5-to 8-megapixel cameras from Samsung and Sony.