For those of you eagerly anticipating the arrival of the iPad 3, mark March 7th on your calendar. Apple has begun sending out invites to a special media event that will take place on Wednesday, March 7 at 10am PST, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The graphic on the invite shows an iPad with what appears to be a high-res screen and the tagline “We have something you really have to see. And touch.”. Recent rumours have pointed to a rear camera with more megapixels, a retina display, a quad-core process and possible support for LTE. And the Taiwanese newspaper Apple Daily even published pictures of what they claim is the next-gen iPad. Pretty soon we’ll see of which these rumoured upgrades will hold true, and thankfully, we only have 8 days to wait before the official unveiling.[The Loop via 9to5mac]
Apple Daily, a news publication based out of Taiwan, have posted what they claim are images of the upcoming iPad 3, acquired through “inside sources”. One alleged shot shows the next-gen iPad from a side/rear overview perspective, and another has all three iterations of the iPad side-by-side. From the latter, the iPad 3 appears slightly more tapered around the edges than the iPad 2, and the camera lens is noticeably bigger. Speaking of which, Apple Daily says that the rear camera will be 8 megapixels, up from the 1 megapixel in resolution of the iPad 2. Other specs they claim the iPad 3 to have are the retina display and quad-core A6 chip, as well as a release date of March 7th. These are in line with a previous Bloomberg report that states production had already begun as of mid-January, and a March launch date had been targeted by Apple.
Below is another image posted by Apple Daily, a comparison shot of a component found in the iPad 2 and iPad 3.