When does the iPad 3 come out? Apple sent out invitations Tuesday for their next event, believed to be the launch of their next-generation tablet.
“We have something you really have to see. And touch,” reads the invite. The iPad-related event will be Wednesday, March 7 in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the same venue where the company launched its iPhone 4S last October.
Though the company hasn’t provided more details, Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to announce the iPad 3 at the event and show off its new features.
According to CNBC, sources said a Quad-Core iPad 3 with 4G LTE would be unveiled in New York City next week. But as Business Insider pointed out, Apple events usually take place in California near their San Cuperinto headquarters. Apple blogger Jim Dalrymple posted on Twitter that CNBC is wrong and the unveiling will be held in San Francisco.
If the new iPad is announced on March 7, tech fans can likely expect it in stores by Friday, March 15. Previous reports expected the Apple iPad 3 release date to be mid-March, which would fit the company’s modus operandi — the iPad 2 was released a week after being announced last March.
The next Apple operating system for iPad and iPhone devices, iOS 5.1, is also expected to be released next week.
In August, sources “familiar with the matter” said that the iPad 3 would be out in early 2012 and 1.5 million devices would be available at launch. Another report suggested that the iPhone 5 release date would be March 2012, but that looks less likely as the Siri-featuring iPhone 4S came out less than six months ago.
The iPad 3 is expected to look similar in design to the iPad 2 but include a faster chip, improved graphics and a higher-quality camera. Though CNBC says the new tablet will have a quad-core processor, most tech blogs have predicteed it’ll instead be a faster version of the iPad 2′s dual-core processor.
Insiders claim the device will also have a 2048×1536 Retina Display, the same resolution as the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Apple, of course, refuses to confirm anything as the technology giant famously keeps their product releases a secret for as long as possible.
What do you think? If the iPad 3 comes out next month, will you get one?