Apple has sent out media invites for a March 7 media event in San Francisco where it will likely unveil the next iPad.
"We have something you really have to see. And touch," the invitation reads.
The event will be held at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts next Wednesday at 10 am. The venue has been used by Apple for several major product launches in the past few years.
This almost certainly confirms the latest reports of a March 7 unveiling of the so-called iPad 3.
Now that Apple has announced the event, speculation is bound to go wild. Among the pervasive rumors about the third-generation tablet are that it will feature an ultra-high resolution "retina" display, 4G LTE connectivity, better cameras, a thinner form factor, and new ARM chipsets, possibly Apple's first quad-core System-on-a-Chip to power an iOS-based device.
The iPad 2 did not get an upgraded display, so a retina display (or something very close) similar to that of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S has been one of the most buzzed-about possible additions to the tablet. MacRumors recently reported that the new iPad has twice the pixels as the displays for the original iPad and iPad 2.
While those might sit atop many wish lists, PCMag Editor-in-Chief Dan Costa has weighed in with a list of things he doesn't need in the new iPad.
Regardless of what's in the device, it seems that people are eager to snap them up. Forty-eight percent of respondents to a recent online survey said they will buy an iPad 3, even those with the Amazon Kindle Fire.