Apple will release the iPad 3 at an earlier date than many have anticipated, according to a report. Apple's iPad 3 unveiing date ls January 2012, and the product with new features including a battery that doubles life will be launched with another next-generation iPad, the DigiTimes reports.

Apple's iPad 3 will be unveiled at iWorld, scheduled for Jan. 26, 2012, according to sources at supply chain partners, the online newspaper reported.

Apple's new iPad models will complete the company's bestselling tablet lineup with the iPad 2, offering an entry-level, mid-level and high-end market product range.

The iPad 2 will be competing directly with Amazon's kindle Fire in the price-sensitive market segment, while the new models will focus on the mid-range and high-end segments respectively, the sources said, according to DigiTimes.

Apple declined comment.

The new iPad models will have 9.7-inch screens -- not the smaller 7.85-inch screen rumored to be launched as in iPad mini, sources said. They will also feature Dual-LED light bars, intended the increase brightness of the panels, sources said.

Unlike other rumored reports on the iPad 3 release date and features, this one from DigiTimes was unusually detailed, said Dieter Bohn of The Verge. Among the features in addition to the Dual-LED light bars is a high-end model with a 1536 x 2048 screen, an A6 quad-core processor, an eight-megapixel camera, and a 14,000mAh battery. The battery would double the capacity life of the iPad 2, according to reports.

The second iPad Apple will launch -- the mid-range model -- will have a 6,500mAh battery, the report said.

It wouldn't be unusual for Apple to unveil its new iPad, or iPads, so early in the new year. The iPad was announced in February 2010, while the iPad 2 was unveiled in March 2011.