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Apple on Wednesday sent out official invitations for a media event next week on March 2 in San Francisco, presumably to show off its second-generation iPad.

According to The Loop, Apple sent out invitations to the media on Wednesday. The event will be held as usual at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

An image sent with the invitation shows an iOS calendar icon with the date March 2. The calendar is peeling away to show an iPad screen in the background, confirming that the event will indeed be about the iPad.

The announcement confirms a rumor from earlier this week that Apple would host a media event next Wednesday. Apple is expected to show off a new iPad with faster hardware and a FaceTime camera.

Earlier Wednesday, AppleInsider was informed by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of Concord Securities that overseas supply chain sources expect Apple partner Foxconn to build between 4.5 million and 5 million iPad 2 units in the first quarter of 2011. That would be followed by another 3 million to 4 million units in April.



The analyst has also said that the iPad 2 will feature an upgraded display that will be feature improved anti-reflection capabilities, though not a higher pixel density. The new device is expected to be thinner and lighter with more RAM, a faster CPU, and improved graphics processing capabilities.

More than 60 percent of the first wave of iPad 2 shipments are expected to be 3G-capable models. Apple is expected to build 3G models with both GSM and CDMA cellular radios -- and perhaps even a "world mode" device that would support both technologies in one.



Some third-party cases for the iPad 2 have also shown an extra port on the side of the device. Initial speculation suggested it could be for a Mini DisplayPort adapter, but given evidence that Apple is poised to announce a new high-speed data port called "Thunderbolt" in the shape of a Mini DisplayPort slot, it's possible the space could also be used for data connections as well as video output.



Apple has waited longer into the year in 2011 to announce its next iPad. The first-generation device was revealed in late January of 2010, though the Wi-Fi-only model didn't ship in the U.S. until April.

First-year iPad sales blew away even Apple's own expectations, topping 15 million by the end of calendar 2010. Apple executives said they were surprised at how quickly the iPad moved past the "early adopter" phase and became a mainstream hit.

Even before the iPad 2 is officially announced, the rumor mill has already started for the iPad 3. Some reports have claimed that Apple will offer a new, high-end device differentiated from the second-generation iPad as soon as this September. Such a move would allow Apple to offer a refreshed product line alongside its introduction of new iPods before the holiday buying season.
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I'm very interested in seeing what actually is announced. Based on the rumors, I think I'll be passing on this model. Camera is a meh for me and I seem to be strong enough to hold my current one. But they may have something up their sleeve, so I'll wait till next week to make my decision.
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AWESOME!

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On schedule as usual for the next version of iOS announcement. Maybe iPad 2 as well.
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What does this do to MBP release plans expected Thursday?
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This is great. I didn't buy the iPad 1 because it was too heavy and had no FaceTime. I really could use one these days. Looking forward to March 2.

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Apple on Wednesday sent out official invitations for a media event next week on March 2 in San Francisco, presumably to show off its second-generation iPad. ...

Dear Apple,

Please, please, please, don't screw over Canada this time with the release dates, thanks.
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Dear Apple,

Please, please, please, don't screw over Canada this time with the release dates, thanks.

I think we are screwed again...i hope not as Apple has had time to build their inventory base.
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I'm very interested in seeing what actually is announced. Based on the rumors, I think I'll be passing on this model. Camera is a meh for me and I seem to be strong enough to hold my current one. But they may have something up their sleeve, so I'll wait till next week to make my decision.

They will habe nothing up their sleeves. It will be evolutionary.
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On schedule as usual for the next version of iOS announcement. Maybe iPad 2 as well.

iOS 5 will be previewed in April or May.
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'Come see of what 2011 will be the year...'

Good to finally have some concrete information!
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Look forward to seeing what's coming from the 'iCandy' factory this time
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Will it cost me 30% of my salary to attend?
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Yeah! I've been patiently waiting for this!
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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

Dear Apple,

Please, please, please, don't screw over Canada this time with the release dates, thanks.

Yes, and the rest of the world, fof.
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Will it cost me 30% of my salary to attend?

Huh?..
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What does this do to MBP release plans expected Thursday?

There aren't any announced plans, there is speculation on sites such as this. Therefore this makes no difference to Apple's plans...

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hah, "what 2011 will be the year of." Gauntlet = thrown. So much for the "year of android tablets." And so much for that ridiculous Xoom superbowl commercial.
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"Come See What 2011 Will Be The Year Of" implies a lot more will be hyped than just iPad 2. after all, it will be the year of iPhone 5 and OS X Lion too, and whatever else Apple has up its sleeve. so hope to hear about a lot of stuff!

btw, that is a terribly written phrase.

and ... here comes the media frenzy. with that open-ended come-on, the Apple guessing game may hit an all time high.
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Will it cost me 30% of my salary to attend?

techstud?

well if amazon held an event would it costs me 50% of my salary?
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iOS 5 will be previewed in April or May.

Well, iPhone OS 2.0 and 3.0 were announced in March and iOS 4 in April. If the next iPhone is going to be released in Jun then three months is needed by developers to test their apps.
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They finish pulling away the cover and it is really a new touch screen MacBook running Lion. ;-)
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Apple has waited longer into the year in 2011 to announce its next iPad. The first-generation device was revealed in late January of 2010, though the Wi-Fi-only model didn't ship in the U.S. until April.

I think the principal reason for the 2+ month lag in 2010 was to get developers ready for the release of the iPad. Without an ipad announcement and an sdk, there would have been no iPad-ready apps when iPad was first available.

iPad 2 is a different story. There is no need (we know of) for developers to have extended preparation time. On the other hand, a long interval between announcement and availability would freeze sales. Here's hoping that the iPad 2 is available soon after March 2.
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They finish pulling away the cover and it is really a new touch screen MacBook. ;-)

So... an iPad. We already have that. Next.

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post #25 of 169
Got to figure out what will my current 3G iPad market value be next month!
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A good anti-reflective surface would be interesting. I mean something that changes the surface index of refraction, not add an undesirable surface texture. Fixing Safari's cashing issue in iOS5 would be helpful too.
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The announcement graphic is a little weird doesn't the screen look extremely reflective? Maybe we're getting a MORE reflective screen?
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"Come See What 2011 Will Be The Year Of" implies a lot more will be hyped than just iPad 2. after all, it will be the year of iPhone 5 and OS X Lion too, and whatever else Apple has up its sleeve. so hope to hear about a lot of stuff!

btw, that is a terribly written phrase.

and ... here comes the media frenzy. with that open-ended come-on, the Apple guessing game may hit an all time high.

Are you saying the phrase is grammatically incorrect, or that it just sounds bad? I agree they could have chosen their words more thoughtfully, but I believe it is technically correct.

Of course, I will freely admit it has been a few years since my last English class.
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Well, iPhone OS 2.0 and 3.0 were announced in March and iOS 4 in April. If the next iPhone is going to be released in Jun then three months is needed by developers to test their apps.

If...
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The announcement graphic is a little weird doesn't the screen look extremely reflective? Maybe we're getting a MORE reflective screen?

Here we go. You guys would read into shit on a string.
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post #31 of 169
wow .... ebay here comes my ipad 1st gen
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Here we go. You guys would read into shit on a string.

\ <= that's contemplative

What KIND of string...?

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Originally Posted by nunyabinez View Post

Based on the rumors, I think I'll be passing on this model. Camera is a meh for me and I seem to be strong enough to hold my current one. But they may have something up their sleeve, so I'll wait till next week to make my decision.

Why do people feel compelled to explain their purchasing decisions? Who cares if you buy it or not? Not trying to flame you dude but really, who cares? Don't buy it. More for those that will.
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Are you saying the phrase is grammatically incorrect, or that it just sounds bad? I agree they could have chosen their words more thoughtfully, but I believe it is technically correct.

Of course, I will freely admit it has been a few years since my last English class.

a basic rule of good composition is do not end a sentence with the word "of." that's why it even sounds clumsy. even a headline writer would not do it. better to at least put "year of" in quotes, or perhaps best, end the phrase with 3 dots (...) instead of a period.

but ... this is hype. so all that matters is whether it works to incite media interest. and it certainly will.
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Interesting to see how things have shifted in the Apple world..

It used to be that a Mac related update would cause a flood of posts and discussions.. Nowadays, it's a passing mention that "A MBP update is expected sometime this week with an announcement from Intel regarding LightPeak"

Meanwhile, IN RED BREAKING NEWS across the homepage "iPAD 2" SPECIAL EVENT!!! IT's getting a FRONT FACING CAMERA!!!!

post #36 of 169
Looks like we're about to become a 2 iPad household.
Despite the attempts by some to portray iPad as a 'community device', without multiple logins, it really is a one-per-user tool.

Under the assumption that iPad 2 will be lighter and have front-facing camera, it will become my wife's, and when I upgrade to iPad 3, iPad 1 will go to the daughter.

At which point I'll never see my family's faces again other than on FaceTime.
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iOS 5 will be previewed in April or May.

I disagree. They are saying "come see what 2011 will be the year of". Lots of iPhone sales and a demo of what's next for the iOS, think about it. They wouldn't say that for just a revamped iPad but also the operating system that will eventually be on it.
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"Come See What 2011 Will Be The Year Of" implies a lot more will be hyped than just iPad 2. after all, it will be the year of iPhone 5 and OS X Lion too, and whatever else Apple has up its sleeve. so hope to hear about a lot of stuff!

btw, that is a terribly written phrase.

and ... here comes the media frenzy. with that open-ended come-on, the Apple guessing game may hit an all time high.

Actually, it's perfectly written. It would be awkward if it weren't a rebuttal to Google's earlier claim. But it packs a punch and gets its message across effectively. One could argue the old "never end with a preposition" saw, but that has been largely discredited. Furthermore, even the most pedantic grammar teachers argue that you can violate any rule if you have a good reason to do so.

And finally, this is the "Think Different" company. That worked out pretty well.
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"Come See What 2011 Will Be The Year Of" ...

btw, that is a terribly written phrase.

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Nah... its just a different proposition with a creatively dangled preposition.
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a basic rule of good composition is do not end a sentence with the word "of." that's why it even sounds clumsy. even a headline writer would not do it. better to at least put "year of" in quotes, or perhaps best, end the phrase with 3 dots (...) instead of a period.

but ... this is hype. so all that matters is whether it works to incite media interest. and it certainly will.

yes, it's frowned upon to end sentences with prepositions. but the correct alternative here is "Come See of What 2011 Will be the Year". if you thought apple's wording was awkward...
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