Apple's next generation iPad will come with a much improved spec, including ARM Cortex-A9-based processor and 512MB RAM.

That's according to Digitimes Research senior analyst Mingchi Kuo, who predicts Apple will launch the new iPad in the first quarter of 2011.

Apple's iPad currently runs on a "1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip," and is available in a choice of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB tablets.

The analyst, without citing sources for either claim, also anticipates Apple will launch a 7-inch iPad using the Cortex-A9 processor and an IPS panel with a resolution of 1024-by-768. That would be in line with the current 9.7-inch iPad, which comes with a 1024-by-768-pixel resolution display at 132 pixels per inch (ppi).

In a short report, Mingchi Kuo adds Apple are preparing an iPhone for Verizon Wireless, and also has plans for a new look Apple TV adopting an interface similar to that used by the iPhone.

The analyst adds, the Verizon iPhone is expected to be announced at the CES 2011 trade and will start shipping in January 2011, while the Apple TV will go into production in December 2010.

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