The wait for the iPad 3 is almost over, as Apple has confirmed a Special Event to be held on March 7th at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco at 10AM PST / 1PM EST. The invite features a photo of what looks to be the iPad 3, Retina Display included. Though curiously, there is no Home button present in the photo. Feel free to speculate.
Rumours have been swirling for weeks in regards to the next iPad and what the new tablet will bring. Part leaks have all but confirmed a physical appearance similar to the current iPad 2, though many expect the new iPad to be slightly thicker to accommodate the device’s killer feature: a Retina Display. Like the iPhone 4 and 4S before it, Apple is expected to double the resolution of the iPad display, taking it from 1024 x 768 up to 2048 x 1536. The iPad 3 is also expected to include better cameras and a faster processor, though reports have conflicted on that last point, with some expecting to see an upgraded dual-core A5X CPU, while others report an all-new quad-core A6 CPU is on its way. Our own sources have confirmed the former, stating that the A6 is not quite ready for the iPad 3, but should appear later this Fall in Apple’s next iPhone.
Rumours have also pointed to an imminent AppleTV refresh – the set-top box, not the rumoured Apple HTDV – as stock of the current $99 units are running low. 9to5Mac sources claim an upgraded AppleTV could be announced alongside the iPad 3, that would pack an upgraded processor (possibly the A5X) as well as support for Bluetooth 4.0 and 1080p video playback.
We’ll update next week with all the details of Apple’s announcement! For now, mark your calendars: the iPad 3 is on its way!