Apple to unveil iPad 3 on March 7th
The Verge and The Loop broke the news yesterday that Apple sent invites for the iPad 3 keynote and introduction that we have all been waiting for, likely with a lot of anticipation. The press conference is March 7 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at 1 A.M. PST. The three app icons each hold subtle causes and clues. The Maps shows the Infinite Loop, which is the location of Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino. The calendar displays the date of the keynote, Wednesday March 7, and the what is conveyed through the Keynote app icon.
This news officially exposed CNBC’s report calling for a March unveiling in New York City as grossly inaccurate. True to Apple’s form, the invite teases with an iPad close-up shot featuring a finger touching upon the Calendar icon. The tagline reads:
We have something you really have to see. And touch.
Both the wording (“something you really have to see”) and the image (can you discern the individual pixels on iPad’s display?) would appear to confirm the long-standing rumors of an ultra high-resolution Retina Display (2048-by-1536 pixels), reportedly the key selling point of the device. Also interesting is lack of the physical home button—assuming the close-up was meant to depict iPad 3 in portrait orientation. Some fans also took to Twitter to note how Apple unmistakably sent out invites just as Eric Schmidt was delivering his Google keynote talk at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Sources expect that the third generation iPad will likely run on a dual-core A5X processor including an improved graphics engine. The A5X will likely be a minor upgrade over the A5 processor and not the major upgrade an A6 processor would likely be.