Apple sends out invites for iPad 2 media event on March 2

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in iPad edited January 2014
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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  • Reply 1 of 173
    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.
  • Reply 2 of 173
    AWESOME!



    Been waiting
  • Reply 3 of 173
    nasseraenasserae Posts: 3,152member
    On schedule as usual for the next version of iOS announcement. Maybe iPad 2 as well.
  • Reply 4 of 173
    What does this do to MBP release plans expected Thursday?
  • Reply 5 of 173
    jd_in_sbjd_in_sb Posts: 1,482member
    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.
  • Reply 6 of 173
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    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.
  • Reply 7 of 173
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post


    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.
  • Reply 8 of 173
    irelandireland Posts: 17,490member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nunyabinez View Post


    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.
  • Reply 9 of 173
    irelandireland Posts: 17,490member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NasserAE View Post


    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.
  • Reply 10 of 173
    'Come see of what 2011 will be the year...'



    Good to finally have some concrete information!
  • Reply 11 of 173
    Look forward to seeing what's coming from the 'iCandy' factory this time
  • Reply 12 of 173
    Will it cost me 30% of my salary to attend?
  • Reply 13 of 173
    Yeah! I've been patiently waiting for this!
  • Reply 14 of 173
    irelandireland Posts: 17,490member
    Quote:
    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.
  • Reply 15 of 173
    irelandireland Posts: 17,490member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RandomAnonymousBlackmail View Post


    Will it cost me 30% of my salary to attend?



    Huh?..
  • Reply 15 of 173
    nkhmnkhm Posts: 928member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tommyt12 View Post


    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...



  • Reply 17 of 173
    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.
  • Reply 18 of 173
    alfiejralfiejr Posts: 1,524member
    "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.
  • Reply 19 of 173
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RandomAnonymousBlackmail View Post


    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?
  • Reply 20 of 173
    nasseraenasserae Posts: 3,152member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ireland View Post


    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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