Apple will host an iPad-related event March 7.
"We have something you really have to see. And touch," reads the invitation sent to the media, which includes an image of a finger touching the calendar app (conveniently set to Wednesday, March 7) on an iPad screen.
For some weeks, the rumor mill has buzzed over reports that Apple would release the next iPad (dubbed "iPad 3" by the media) sometime in the first week of March. Other rumors have focused on the next-generation tablet's possible features, including a high-resolution screen (in a Feb. 9 article, AllThingsD pegged the resolution at 2048x1536), as well as a more powerful processor and camera.
Meanwhile, some tech retailers have begun to lower their iPad 2 prices, a traditional indicator that the release of a new version is indeed imminent. All Best Buy's models have taken a $50 haircut irrespective of memory capacity and options.
The iPad 3 could cost a premium over the current version, at least according to a pricing sheet that appeared on Chinese microblog Sina Weibo. "The iPad 3 costs $80 more for the equivalent Wi-Fi models," concluded MacRumors, which drilled down into the sheet's particulars in a Feb. 27 posting, "and $70 more for the equivalent 3G models."