Apple iPad 3 Announcement Event Set for March 7

Apple iPad 3 Event Invitation

Apple has sent out invitations for its much-anticipated iPad 3 (or whatever the next gen iPad ends up being called) unveiling event. The event will be held in San Francisco next Wednesday, March 7th.

The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple has confirmed that he received his invite this morning, and shared the very interest invitation image shown above.

The invite itself is already being analyzed, dissected and interpreted of course – and the feeling seems to be that the wording and the image both indicate that the heavily expected major display upgrade for the iPad 3 is all but confirmed. Just in case you can’t see the image well, the wording is:

We have something you really have to see. And touch.

I’ve been excited for weeks now about the iPad 3. Finally seeing the official Apple event invite just heightens that excitement. As usual, there are rumors floating around that the next-gen iPad could be available as soon as immediately after the announcement event. I wouldn’t bet on that, but I do expect the iPad 3 will be released within 7-10 days after the event, or sooner.

So if you’re planning to get the iPad 3, it’s close enough now to be getting your monies together and selling your current iPads if needed to finance purchasing the new one. In my case, I’ll also be crossing my fingers for mild weather the night before launch day – as I’ll definitely be outside an Apple store circa 4:00 AM eagerly waiting to get my hands on one.

Roll on March 7 and the next generation of the iPad.

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Best Buy Lowers iPad 2 Prices, Latest Rumors Say iPad 3 Already Shipping

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Good times. There are now new signs of the impending iPad 3 launch nearly every day. Yesterday, Best Buy lowered its pricing on all iPad 2 models by $50 – so the entry level 16GB WiFi only model now goes for $449.99, and the top of the line 64GB WiFi + 3G model is at $779.99.

There are also rumors circulating over the last few days that say the iPad 3 is already shipping or preparing to ship for arrival in the US no later than March 9th. I’m not sure how credible these latest rumors are, but I love this line at Apple Insider about the upshot of them (emphasis mine)

The shipments could imply that Apple is preparing for near-immediate availability of its third-generation iPad. That device is expected to be officially unveiled at a media event on March 7.

The phrase near-immediate availability is music to my ears. Needless to say, I’d love to able to get an iPad 3 just a couple of days after the expected Apple iPad 3 announcement event on March 7.

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Selling an iPad Before Buying an iPad 3? Some Good Places to Do That

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Now that we are getting to the final few weeks before the expected release of the iPad 3, many current iPad owners will be looking at selling their current iPad (or an older model) to help finance the purchase of the next-gen model.

If you’re in that mode, you can of course sell via eBay or Craigslist and very likely get the highest price for your iPad by going that route. I’ve never been a fan of going that route, just because of the hassle factor of avoiding scammers and time wasters in those spaces. So I thought I’d share a few other options that are out there for selling an iPad, or any other electronic devices you may want to get rid of leading up the iPad 3 launch.

Here’s three to consider, along with the estimate I got from each to buy my iPad 2 WiFi + 3G (AT&T) model in flawless condition, just to give a point of reference. It’s very easy and quick to get an estimated purchase price at all three:

Apple: Apple has a Reuse and Recycling program for iPads, iPhones, and Macs.

$315 for my iPad 2.

BuyMyTronics: This company is also all about recycling and reusing electronics and keeping old devices out of landfills. They are geared up this year for the iPad 3 release and say they have positioned their iPads pricing to be the among the best in the industry.

$392 for my iPad 2

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iPad 3 Rumors Galore – Announcement First Week of March & Lots More

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Wow. Today is a day full of iPad 3 rumors. First and foremost AllThingsD reports that Apple will beholding an event to unveil the iPad 3 (or whatever it ends up being called) the first week of March. They also speculate that the iPad 3 will be available to buy a week after the announcement, just as we saw last year with the iPad 2 announcement and release about 8 days apart.

Next there are a handful of reports floating around with photos that claim to be iPad 3 shells, back covers and the like. 9to5Mac has a couple of good posts on these here and here. Some of the notable conclusions drawn from these photos include:

– The logic board looks noticeably larger than the one in the iPad 2 – which could be to incorporate a larger battery, or just to better accommodate a faster processor and higher rez screen.

– The camera is different – presumably improved.

– The LCD is different – again presumably improved, and dramatically.

There’s also at least one report going around that the next-gen iPad will not have a quad-core processor, but just a dual-core like the iPad 2.

One thing is for sure. Unless Apple makes a huge and unexpected shift in their handling of the iPad, we are now only weeks away from the unveiling of the iPad 3. iPad 3 rumors have been heating up for a while, but now we’re into the raging brushfire segment of things leading up to Apple’s announcement. We’ll do our best to keep you up to date with most if the kore interesting rumors, while not covering every wild new rumor that comes down the pipe.

It’s going to an interesting few weeks – and of course Apple’s unveiling can’t come soon enough.

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Latest iPad 3 Rumors – Production Ramping Up, Launch Event in Early February

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iPad 3, or next-gen iPad, rumors continue to heat up this month – and as they do there seems to be a growing consensus on the release timeframe. Here are some of the latest rumors on the iPad 3 that have caught my eye over the last several days:

– A Bloomberg report says that the iPad 3 has entered production and is on track for a March launch, that it will feature a higher-resolution display (probably Retina level) and a quad-core processor, and that it will connect to LTE networks.

DigiTimes (who are admittedly all over the map lately with their rumors) says suppliers of new high-resolution panels for the next-gen iPad are ramping up production and will ship 6-7 million of the new panels in the first quarter of 2012.

– Finally, the Japanese site Macotakara reports that an iPad 3 launch event will be held in February – with the release likely to be in early March.

Though there’s really not much new or unexpected in any of these, it’s always good to see the consensus building up leading up to the expected announcement / release period. A launch event in a few weeks sounds good, as does a release date in early March. I’m hoping we will not see LTE support in the next iPad though.

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