The first has to do with the iPhone coming to Verizon in January 2011.

The other reports that Apple may release a 7 inch iPad in 2011.

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DigiTimes says that Apple will refresh the iPad in the first quarter of 2011.

The new model will include a processor based on ARM’s Cortex-A9 chip, This will provide a performance upgrade from the current Apple A4 chip that is based on the Cortex-A8 design.

The report also claims that the new iPad will have the same amount of RAM as the iPhone 4 which has 512 MB of RAM, up from the 256 MB in the current iPad.

According to the report, the iPad will be available in both the existing 9.7-inch screen size and a smaller 7-inch size.

The smaller version will have the same 1024 x 768 resolution of the current iPad, resulting in an increase in pixel density to 183 pixels per inch from 132 pixels per inch. While not offering the same high resolution as the iPhone 4’s Retina display at 326 ppi, content on the smaller iPad would seem sharper and clearer than on the 9.7 inch version.
More memory and a faster processor couple with a smaller form factor and possibly a smaller batter or one the same size could mean that the new iPad mini could have less battery life.

Also the main selling point for the original iPad is the greater size of the screen that allows viewing more of the Web or what ever else you are looking at with less eye strain.

It will be interesting to see what develops in the first quarter of 2011.