Apple has started sending out invitations to the official unveiling of the iPad 3. The invitation
included a photo of someone using an iPad, with a single line: “We have something you really have to see. And touch.” The event will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at 10am Pacific Time on Wednesday 7 March, which is 6pm GMT. There is speculation that the iPad 3 may come with a stronger, bigger battery, making the new tablet thicker than the previous version. Another rumor is retina display: a high-pixel-count screen that’s already available on the iPhone 4S. Other reports claim the iPad will come with a faster processor, a better camera, the Siri voice assistant and the ability to run on 4G cell networks. There is also chatter that the iPad 3 could be about $60 more expensive than its predecessors. Both the original iPad and the iPad 2 started at $499 for Wi-Fi-only and $629 for 3G. After the iPad 3 is released, those older models will likely get a price cut. When Apple announced the iPad 2, it began selling the original iPad for $399. It’s not known when such a new device would be available for sale. Last year, sales of the iPad 2 began in the U.S. nine days after the announcement. It’ll be interesting to find out which of the rumours were correct and which weren’t, as well as to see if Apple has managed to keep any of the details of the new device under its hat successfully. So we all have to wait only a few days, just before the March 7, 2012. The iPad 3 launch is a massive deal for Apple.