New rumors this morning suggest that Apple will be releasing upgraded versions of the iPad and iPhone 4 in as little as 6 months.
The upgrades, published by Digitimes, suggest that Apple will release an upgraded iPad, with a new ARM Cortex A9 processor and 512MB memory (up from the current 256MB). There will also be a 7-inch version of the iPad, something we touched upon last week. Both models will be released in Q1 of 2011.
Apple will also apparently launch a CDMA iPhone 4 with a metal back (instead of the current glass rear), and upgraded antenna, ready in Q1 2011.
Apple TV will also receive a refresh but will not include a hard drive, instead focussing on streaming media and the App Store. The new Apple TV OS will be a version of the current Apple operating system iOS4.
While iPhone / Verizon rumors have been done to death, this report makes things a little more interesting with the odd detail that the new Verizon iPhone will have a metal rear. Such a small detail, in stark contrast to the construction of the current iPhone, suggests that a third party supplier may have caught a glimpse of an iPhone sized metal back plate and leaked the information. It is likely, however, that the metal back plate is probably destined for the rumored upgrade to Apple TV, which is thought to be an iPhone size piece of kit that would run off a wireless network.
The new 7-inch iPad is a rumor that has been suggested previously and it is unlikely that Apple would release an upgraded 9.7 inch iPad so quickly as this would alienate current iPad adopters. It is more likely that we can expect to see the new 9.7-inch iPad in late summer of 2011 and the 7-inch iPad around the start of the year.