Yesterday ETS made some important announcements regarding score submissions. During a Q&A session that followed, it also discussed the release of some new products that many GRE aspirants will be interested in.
Official Guide 2nd Edition
Coming this August to a local bookstore near you (of which there are precious few) is The Official Guide for the revised GRE test. Though ETS is mum on just how many new questions the book contains, a CD-ROM offering an update to the PowerPrep test is included.
I hope that ETS includes a decent number of fresh questions, instead of recycling most of them (for those who are also studying for the GMAT, you may notice that this lack of fresh question is exactly what the 13th Edition Official Guide tried to pull off).
Fresh question should give us more insight to how the GRE has changed, and how it may probably change in the future. My guess, mainly based on student feedback, is that the content on the verbal section especially is different from that in the current Official Guide. Reading passages tend to be more convoluted; Text Completions run for as many as six sentences.
Updated PowerPrep II
The updated PowerPrep II software will be released in Aug. 2012, along with the Official Guide. The good news is the test will contain two tests. If one of those tests is the existing GRE test, ETS is not divulging (at least to the best of my knowledge).
The new PowerPrep software will not indicate the level of difficulty of each question. However, the test will still be section-adaptive. So after completing the first section you will get either an easy or difficult section. That said, it appears that there are three level of difficulty on the second section for both verbal and math.
While ETS has not explicitly admitted this, it seems, based on fiddling around a bit with the existing PowerPrep test, that there are indeed easy, medium and difficult sections.