Corroborating earlier reports regarding a slew of new devices from Apple, Digitimes analyst Mingchi Kuo reports that Apple is preparing to launch a 7-inch iPad with the new ARM Cortex A9 based processor during the first quarter of 2011. The smaller device will reportedly sport a resolution of 1024×768 and will include the same IPS display technology used on both the current iPad and the iPhone 4. Meanwhile, Kuo also note that Apple will refresh its 9.7-inch iPad with a Cortex A9 based processor and will up the RAM from 256 to 512MB.
Also in the works is the long rumored CDMA iPhone capable of running on Verizon.
As for the CDMA iPhone, Pegatron Technology is expected to start mass production in December and will supply to both US-based Verizon Wireless and China-based China Telecom. The CDMA iPhone’s back plate will be forged from metal materials and will feature an integrated antenna, according to Digitimes Research.
Kuo writes that Verizon will most likely announce the new device at CES 2011, with shipments expected to begin in January 2011. Interestingly, Kuo notes that the sales ratio of GSM to CDMA iPhones in 2011 will be in the ballpark of 65:35. And just this past weekend, TechCrunch reported that Apple placed an order for millions of Qualcomm CDMA chipsets, a report which comes hot on the heels of a Bloomberg report from earlier this summer which also pegs a Verizon iPhone launch for January 2011.
Lastly, and mirroring a report from a few weeks ago, Kuo writes that Apple will soon be launching a refreshed Apple TV with “AMD’s Fusion solution” that will ship sans a hard drive. The device will reportedly use an interface similar to the iPhone’s iOS, and will include support for social networking, network multimedia, and the iTunes App Store.
Back in May, it was reported that the next iteration of the Apple TV will come with Apple’s speedy A4 processor, and will also include support for 1080p HD content. The refreshed Apple TV will reportedly be about the same size as an iPhone and will retail for $99.