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Apple on Tuesday sent out official invitations for a media event to be held next Wednesday, March 7, in San Francisco where it is expected to introduce its next-generation iPad.

The March 7 event will be held at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Calif., the same place the last two iPad unveilings have been held. The invitation features a finger pushing down on an iOS calendar icon with March 7 as the date.

"We have something you really have to see. And touch," the invitation reads.

The inclusion that people will "have to see" the new device is likely a reference to the high-resolution Retina Display that Apple is expected to add to its next-generation iPad. Rumors have suggested the display will have a resolution of 2,048 by 1,536 pixels, which would be twice the resolution of the 1,024-by-768 screen found on the iPad 2.

In fact, the invitation itself could even be a picture of the new iPad display. The image does show a very crisp iPad screen that could be a higher resolution than the current iPad 2.

Apple's invitations went out only moments after financial network CNBC incorrectly claimed that the next iPad would be unveiled at an event in New York next week. However, reporter Jon Fortt quickly followed up to explain that he has heard that New York will play a "key" role in next week's announcement.

The March 7 event date has been expected for weeks now, but Tuesday's invitations were the first official confirmation of the media briefing from Apple. Recent reports out of the Far East have suggested that Apple could offer near-immediate availability of the new iPad, with claims that the new devices are already being shipped to the U.S as retailers cut prices of existing iPad 2 models by $50 to .


Apple's March 7 event invitation, via The Loop.


The last few weeks have seen a whirlwind of iPad-related rumors in anticipation of the event. Another purported leak from a Chinese microblogging site has suggested that Apple's high-definition Retina Display could add a previously unexpected $80 premium to the price of the iPad, pushing the entry level price up to $579 for the Wi-Fi-only 16GB model. All Wi-Fi models would see an $80 price boost, the documents suggest, while 3G-capable models would see their prices rise $70 each.

Other changes to the iPad are expected to be largely internal, with evidence of a faster processor and potential 4G LTE connectivity having surfaced in recent weeks. On the outside, the next iPad is expected to look largely the same, with an external case featuring edges slightly more tapered than the iPad 2.

Another leak showed a purported "iPad 3" logic board, featuring a processor labeled "A5X," suggesting the chip could be a more powerful version of the A5 CPU currently found in the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S rather than a full-fledged "A6" upgrade. Reports have also been divided as to whether the next iPad will be powered by a quad-core processor or a dual-core CPU.

For more, see AppleInsider's full and extensive coverage of all things "iPad 3" leading up to next week's official unveiling.

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I've got my 800 bucks ready.
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Apple on Tuesday sent out official invitations for a media event to be held next Wednesday, March 7, in San Francisco where it is expected to introduce its next-generation iPad.

The March 7 event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Calif., the same place the last two iPad unveilings have been held. The invitation features a finger pushing down on an iOS calendar icon with March 7 as the date.

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There goes the credibility of CBNC. Bye Bye!!
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Zomg! Zomg! Zomg!
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Here we go!!!!!!!! lol

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Would be nice to see the image of the invite

Edit : image was added later, now its there. It does look like the new ipad has a better resolution than ipad2
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Looking forward for the keynote. I hope they do the streaming thing again. Tim Cook had now enough practice to give a nice show together with his team.
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The March 7 event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Calif., the same place the last two iPad unveilings have been held.

LMAO @ CNBC's tweet from this morning:

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Ready to leap from iPad 1 to iPad 3. Justifying it by making the new Pad the replacement for upgrading my iMac.
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The only thing I really want is for Apple to resurrect the live stream of these events. They did it for the "Back To the Mac" and "iPad2" events, then stopped (though live streaming the WWDC keynote, since it wasn't tied to any hardware announcements was probably wise...).

Sifting through the liveblogs is it's own kind of fun, but a live stream would be even better.

I have a feeling this is going to be a good one.
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Looking forward for the keynote. I hope they do the streaming thing again. Tim Cook had now enough practice to give a nice show together with his team.

seriously, streaming would be amazing and i'm sure millions of people are waiting for it.

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Zomg! Zomg! Zomg!

What are Zomgs? I have no idea.
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Bout time. Would love it to have a 12-14 hour battery life. I'd easily accept 2mm thicker for a longer runtime. Easier to grip too for those with large hands.

EDIT: Was hoping for a move clever announcement ala iphone 4s.
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What are Zomgs? I have no idea.

Zombie OMGs?
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By comparing the image of my iPad 2 and the image in the invitation... its a Retina Display
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Ready to leap from iPad 1 to iPad 3. Justifying it by making the new Pad the replacement for upgrading my iMac.

My wive will leap from iPad 1 to iPad 2. As a consequence I will be forced to leap from iPad 2 to iPad 3.
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There goes the credibility of CBNC. Bye Bye!!

If credibility was the criterion for existence, CNBC, Fox, Forbes, WSJ would all be out of business.
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Whiners start your WHAAmbulences.

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Zombie OMGs?

Oh! I see.
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sweet.. can't wait!
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Would be nice to see the image of the invite

Yep. Let's hope the image in the article is not it because that image does not have the Jobs-ian-like seal of approval. You would think they could have done a better job selecting the hand model. IMO

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Bring it! I'm ready!

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By comparing the image of my iPad 2 and the image in the invitation... its a Retina Display

Yup. I've got $700 sitting in my PayPal account waiting for the iPad 3. I earned $430 in Staples Rewards over the past 4 months and used that money to buy a $499 ASUS Transformer Prime. Then turned around and sold it on eBay for $560

No way in hell I was keeping that thing with the iPad 3 coming out
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Zombie OMGs?

haha, i like that.

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If credibility was the criterion for existence, CNBC, Fox, Forbes, WSJ would all be out of business.

Struggling to make connection between media in list...
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Wow! Just look at the resolution of that calendar icon!
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Wow! Just look at the resolution of that calendar icon!

That was my first reaction
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Wow! Just look at the resolution of that calendar icon!

Would this be the first time they've ever shown the product in the teaser invite before the unveiling?

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off topic. Has anyone found a good program to lock apps or basic functions?
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Would this be the first time they've ever shown the product in the teaser invite before the unveiling?

Do we count silhouettes in hands of dancing people?
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Hope this gets jailbroken quickly.
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Rumors have suggested the display will have a resolution of 2,048 by 1,536 pixels, which would be twice the resolution of the 1,024-by-768 screen found on the iPad 2.

Nope. 1024 x 768 -> 2048 x 1536 is a four fold increase in resolution.
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The cat is... rreeeearrrr, out of the bag.
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Nope. 1024 x 768 -> 2048 x 1536 is a four fold increase in resolution.

4 x area for sure ...
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Do we count silhouettes in hands of dancing people?

Since it's impossible to know what they are using in the siloettes I'm going to say no.

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Nope. 1024 x 768 -> 2048 x 1536 is a four fold increase in resolution.

Don't confuse the count of an area with the measure of two perpendicular dimensions.

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Sell iPad 2 plus tax refund = iPad 3 and profit.
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Since it's impossible to know what they are using in the siloettes I'm going to say no.

Excellent point
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If Wall Street follows the same rut it's been in for the past few years, AAPL will run up slightly every day until a day or two before the iPad 3 announcement. On the day of the announcement, it will retreat $20 to $40. Then it will gradually rebound over the next week or two, passing where it was on the day before the announcement.

Buy on rumor, sell on news. We'll see if it happens again.

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God that screenshot looks so fucking lickable..
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The "Calendar" text is definitely higher resolution in that photo than it is on my iPad 2.
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