IPad 3 Invite? Apple Announces March 7 Event
Mark your iCal, everybody: The next iPad is almost certainly going to be announced on March 7.
According to a tweet by the New York Times' Nick Bilton, Apple on Tuesday morning sent out invitations to a special event.
The invites sport a high-res photo of an iPad and the note: "Please join Apple on March 7 for a special event."
The event itself will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST).
Check out the invite (below), courtesy of The Verge:
The next iPad -- which the New York Times has noted will not necessarily be called the iPad 3 -- is expected to upgrade the iPad 2 internally, rather than radically changing its design; in October, Apple offered a similar update to its iPhone, boosting the power of its signature smartphone's processor and antenna and adding voice assistant Siri without significantly transforming the case or body of the phone.
What will change? Apple has been typically tight-lipped in the run-up to its iPad unveiling. Based on rumors and supposed leaks from the supply chain, however, the biggest change is expected to be the iPad's screen. The iPad 3 could feature a Retina display, which Apple defines as a "pixel density is so high your eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels." The iPhone and iPod Touch have Retina displays, and the iPad is expected to join those two with this upgrade, doubling the resolution and quadrupling the amount of pixels on the iPad from 1,024x768 to 2,048x1,536. (The Apple blog MacRumors claims to have a prototype of an iPad 3 display, which they confirmed was indeed 2048x1536).
The Wall Street Journal also reported that the next iPad is set to be compatible with the faster 4G networks of AT&T and Verizon, which would mark Apple's first 4G device; a quad-core processor, Siri and improved camera are also rumored add-ons. The iPad 3 is also rumored to be receiving a larger battery, which, in addition to the Retina display, could bump up width of the iPad 3 about one or two millimeters.
We'll know for sure on March 7, when Apple execs take the stage in San Francisco. The Huffington Post will of course keep you updated with all the latest.
Take a look through the slideshow (below) to see 11 gorgeous (absolutely unofficial) iPad 3 concept designs.
<a href="https://www.facebook.com/aatmastudio" target="_hplink">Aatma Studio</a> posted this amazing <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9s2oYUy_cVY" target="_hplink">iPad 3 concept video</a> on its <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/AatmaStudio/videos" target="_hplink">YouTube channel</a> on February 28. The 3D animation and digital content studio presents a stunning iPad 3 design with an edge-to-edge display, holographic display capabilities, and the ability to connect magnetically and wirelessly to other iPad 3 devices.
This iPad 3 concept, featured on design site <a href="http://thewondrous.com/" target="_hplink">The Wondrous</a> in <a href="http://thewondrous.com/the-10-most-inspiring-designs-concept-of-ipad-3/" target="_hplink">December</a>, turns the usual iPad design on its head -- or, rather, on its side. This iPad 3 is meant to be held horizontally, according to how the home button and camera are positioned. The artist who created the mock-up isn't mentioned, though it's likely the original was made by someone associated with <a href="http://www.looprumors.com/" target="_hplink">LoopRumors</a>.
<a href="http://macmagazine.com.br/2011/05/05/rumor-ipad-3-podera-ser-na-verdade-ipad-3d/" target="_hplink">MacMagazine</a> featured this iPad 3 mock-up, which takes into account <a href="http://news.cnet.com/rumored-ipad-3-to-get-glasses-free-3d/8301-17938_105-20060013-1.html" target="_hplink">rumors</a> that this next generation gadget will offer 3D video -- <em>without</em> the 3D glasses. The designer's name wasn't mentioned.
<a href="https://www.facebook.com/DakotaAdney" target="_hplink">Dakota Adney</a>, a 16-year-old Oklahoma-based amateur filmmaker, posted this cool (but fake) <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GqTME_hBpMA" target="_hplink">iPad 3 commercial</a> on his <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/AdneyFilms" target="_hplink">YouTube channel</a> last May. It features an iPad 3 concept that is completely transparent. Some of its other startling, hypothetical specs include a weight of just .6 lbs, 16GB of storage (impressive for a device so thin), 10-hour battery life, and 3G connectivity, according to the video's description.
Designer Guilherme Schasiepen created this iPad 3 concept for <a href="http://macmagazine.com.br/2011/07/18/depois-do-iphone-4s5-leitor-cria-mockup-mostrando-como-podera-ser-o-ipad-3hd/#leitura" target="_hplink">MacMagazine</a> in July of last year and also posted the designs on his <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/guilhermescha/" target="_hplink">Flickr</a>. If you want to get a better look of the mock-up, check out this <a href="http://msgui.vilabol.uol.com.br/ipad3.html" target="_hplink">360-degree view</a>.
<a href="http://rvanhauwere.deviantart.com/" target="_hplink">Robrecht Vanhauwere</a>, a talented 15-year-old Belgium art student, posted this super-skinny iPad 3 design on his <a href="http://rvanhauwere.deviantart.com/art/iPad-3-209743835" target="_hplink">deviantART</a> page.
Vanhauwere actually designed three separate iPad 3 concepts -- here's one of <a href="http://rvanhauwere.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d3lloqy" target="_hplink">the other ones</a>, which features an interesting two-toned design detail. You can view the last one <a href="http://rvanhauwere.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4qhvpt" target="_hplink">here</a>.
This unique, all-silver iPad 3 design was featured on <a href="http://www.ipad3releasenews.com/" target="_hplink">iPad 3 Release News</a> <a href="http://www.ipad3releasenews.com/2011/06/ipad-3-concept-designs/" target="_hplink">last June</a>, but the concept was not attributed to any artist.
<a href="http://www.ipad3today.co.uk/" target="_hplink">iPad 3 Today</a> featured this chunky concept by an unknown artist <a href="http://www.ipad3today.co.uk/2011/06/ipad-3-concept-design-gallery/" target="_hplink">last June</a>. The design seems to be a step backwards from the iPad 2 of today -- unless there's some serious hardware in its interior to account for its thick exterior.
This iPad design, <a href="http://crave.cnet.co.uk/laptops/ipad-3-in-pictures-our-favourite-concept-designs-50006869/" target="_hplink">previously featured on CNET</a>, includes a stylus and wireless keyboard. While the concept's creator, <a href="http://www.mikejamesmedia.com/index.html" target="_hplink">Mike James</a>, didn't specify <a href="http://www.mikejamesmedia.com/ipad_ipen_01.html" target="_hplink">this mock-up</a> as one for the iPad 3, specifically, he does offer a unique perspective on the iPad device's endless possibilities.
This iPad 3 design by an unknown artist was also featured on <a href="http://www.ipad3releasenews.com/" target="_hplink">iPad 3 Release News</a> <a href="http://www.ipad3releasenews.com/2011/06/ipad-3-concept-designs/" target="_hplink">last June</a>. It has oversized front and back cameras and seems to be a bit stouter than the iPad 2; other than that, however, it doesn't look very different.