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AllThingsD is reporting that Apple will hold a press event to announce the successor to the iPad 2 the first week of March. It’s said to have faster chips, better graphics, about the same form factor and a retina display or “something close to it.”

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Would you be surprised if Apple released a new iPad the first week of March? We wouldn’t.

AllThingsD is reporting that Apple will hold one of its signature press events to announce the iPad 2′s successor in the first week of March. According to ATD writer John Paczkowksi, “The event will be held in San Francisco, presumably at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Apple’s preferred location for big announcements like these.” He has no information about how long after the event it will be possible to go buy the iPad 3 (the presumed name).

Apple has been pretty regular about its iPad cycle, and it was the first week of March last year when Apple first showed off the iPad 2. So it’s not far-fetched in any way that the company would have its successor ready the same time this year.

As for what will be inside it? Paczkowksi says he’s hearing the same basic thing as has been whispered in the Apple rumor mill over the last few months: faster chips, better graphics and about the same form factor. The one curious thing he says? The next iPad will have “a 2048×1536 Retina Display — or something close to it.”

So for those thinking a Retina Display was a given, this will make for at least some element of surprise once the iPad event arrives.

  1. Its not so much the hardware that I’m into but what Apple will do on the content front. I’m hoping it will make a big deal out of games this time round, to challenge the PS Vita and other consoles http://www.cmswire.com/cms/mobile/ipad-3-to-be-unveiled-by-apple-in-early-march-014449.php

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  2. Lindsworth Horatio Deer Thursday, February 9, 2012

    More like the Ides of March i.e March 14th 2012. Apple has a thing for Wednesdays. But with the amazon Kindle Fire looming large in the rearview Mirror, Apple has to pull out the stops or risk being beaten by a 7″ Tablet with half the specs!!

    http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2012/01/apple-ipad-3-launch-on-march-2012.html

    Amazon Kindle Fire a beat Apple bad!!!

    http://www.geezam.com/amazon-sells-5-5-million-kindle-fires-apple-ipad-sales-drop/

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  3. Lindsworth Horatio Deer Thursday, February 9, 2012

    Prediction: Apple may announce a 7″ tablet…….
    http://www.geezam.com/apple-needs-to-consider-a-7-tablet/

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  4. This could really be awesome! I own an iPad 2 right now, but i would love a better resolution for the screen.

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  5. It’ll most likely be on March, 7th.
    My predictions: http://scottsscripts.wordpress.com/2012/02/10/ipad-3-first-week-of-march/

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  6. A better resolution is fantastic news. I hope these guys are right. Down the road, I’d like the iPad to get lighter (didn’t Apple buy some carbon fibre company a while back?), and I’d love to see LTE and NFC. The current speeds are fine.

    One other thing I’d like to see is proximity sensing. Not just IF your finger is close, but where your fingers are close. This could bring about the return of the “over state” and start displaying a lot more information (drop down menus, etc) before you actually tap.

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