The next-gen iPad will be officially unwrapped in a matter of weeks, reports suggest, as Apple sticks fast to its regular refresh cycle for new products.
According to insider sources cited by AllThingsD, the iPad 3 will make its debut during the first week of March at a showcase event in San Francisco.
Before the latest leak, rumours were rife that Apple could unveil its third tilt at a tablet this month along with a new version of its iOS software. However, with time running out, this looks increasingly like a non-starter.
A March launch would also tally with Apple’s long-established policy of refreshing its product lines annually. The original iPad and the current-generation iPad 2 landed in March 2009 and 2010 respectively.
How far the forthcoming slate will differ from the iPad 2 is anyone’s guess right now.
However, mooted improvements doing the rounds in the tech press include a powerful A6 quad-core processor and a longer-life battery.
It’s also believed to sport a slightly tweaked design and the same high density retina display as the iPhone 4 and 4S.