The report from Taiwanese publication DigiTimes that claimed tech giants Apple Inc. would unveil two iPad models at the Macworld conference in January has been met with a storm of skeptical replies.
The new models will join the existing iPad 2 at MacWorld, scheduled for Jan. 26, 2012 to demonstrate Apple's complete iPad series targeting the entry-level, mid-range and high-end market segments, the report claimed citing unnamed supply-chain sources.
However, Apple Insider described the report as immediately questionable, citing the company's 2008 announcement that said it would no longer attend the Macworld and would instead unveil products at personally organized events.
In addition, 9to5Mac had earlier reported on the possibility of Apple releasing the iPad 3 on Feb. 25 - Steve Jobs' birthday - to honor their former founder. The report added that the company usually unveiled products at press conferences scheduled on a Tuesday or a Wednesday and made it available for purchase on a Friday or a Saturday. It so happens that Feb. 24 is a Friday.
The iPad 2 was unveiled on a Wednesday, March 11. It was made available for purchase on a Friday, March 11. Similarly, the first iPad was unveiled on a Wednesday too, Jan. 27. It went on sale on a Saturday, April 3.