A report from 9to5Mac about a new rumor floating around says that the next iPad will have a bigger battery that will more than double the current 6579 mAH to a whopping 14,000mAH. Apple vendors Simplo Technology and Dynapack, the current battery suppliers for Apple, refused to comment on the report.
Further, Apple is set to unveil two versions of its next-iPad, “one for the high-end segment and one for the mid-range segment” according to another Digitimes report. Strangely, the report says that the new iPads will be released at Macworld/iWorld in late January, a show in which Apple has no plans to attend at the present time and bowed out of completely two years ago.
This is deemed unlikely, but perhaps a simultaneous but separate release could occur.
DigiTimes had originally floated a rumor that one of the new iPad models would have a 7.85 inch display. Apparently that is no longer part of the plan. (If it ever was.)
Instead of the previously-rumored 7.85-inch, the upcoming iPad models will still feature 9.7-inch screens but come with QXGA resolution (1,536×2,048 pixels), the sources indicated. Dual-LED light bars are designed for the new iPads to strengthen the brightness of the panels, the sources added.
There have been rumors about dual LED light bars in the new iPad, which could be the reason a bigger battery is needed. We’ve also heard reports that the next iPad would be substantially thicker. This could be the reason why.
Time will tell which rumors are true, and which are purely fabrication, but I wouldn’t put this one very high on my list.