February 10, 2012
Apple To Unveil iPad 3 In March: Report
Apple plans to unveil its new iPad 3 during a San Francisco event the first week of March, the website AllThingsD reported on Thursday, citing unnamed sources.
The event will likely take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where Apple typically launches its new products, the website said.
The Cupertino, CA-based company has historically introduced the new versions of its iPad during the first few months of the year. The original iPad was introduced at the end of January 2010, while CEO Steve Jobs introduced the current iPad 2 on March 2, 2011.
John Paczkowski, author of the AllThingsD report, wrote that "retail availability will follow roughly the same schedule as that of the iPad 2: available for purchase a week or so after the event."
Apple officials did not comment on the rumored launch-timeline, which is not surprising given the company´s policy of not commenting on speculation.
Although the iPad 3 is expected to have a similar form factor to the iPad 2, some of the rumored enhancements include a much faster processor, a new "retina display" screen with twice the resolution of the current iPad, higher quality cameras and possibly 4G LTE compatibility.
Shares of Apple´s stock rose $12.41 on Thursday, closing at $493.80, largely on rumors of the iPad 3 launch.
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