According to a report from DigiTimes, Apple will be unveiling two new models of the iPad at the iWorld conference (previously known as Macworld) in San Francisco, California on January 26, 2012.
The news comes from the company's supply chain partners, who also claim that Apple will be keeping the iPad 2 around at an entry-level price, similar to the current iPhone lineup (with the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 still available at a lower cost of the iPhone 4S). The new lineup will be designed to show that Apple has products for entry-level, mid-range, and high-end consumer markets.
According to the report, the two new iPad models will both feature the same 9.7-inch display as the iPad 2, but with a higher resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels. "Dual-LED light bars" will also be making an appearance to strengthen the brightness of the display. Finally, DigiTimes briefly mentions that no smaller, 7.85-inch iPad will be introduced during the conference as previously rumored.
The news that Apple will be introducing new devices at iWorld comes as a bit of a surprise to many, especially considering that Apple hasn't directly participated in the conference since 2009 (when it was still called Macworld). Recent reports claimed that Apple was moving towards a late February or early March announcement date of the next-generation iPad.