Apple invites media to March 2 event. Of course it's the iPad.
Apple has invited reporters, analysts and others to an event in San Francisco scheduled March 2 in terms that all but shout "WE'RE GOING TO INTRODUCE THE NEXT IPAD NEXT WEEK."
The graphic attached shows the corner of an iPad, with the label "Come see what 2011 will be the year of." But you shouldn't need any such hint to figure out that the Cupertino, Calif., company has a new iPad about ready to introduce. It's been almost a year since the first model debuted, and Apple has been consistent about updating its mobile devices each year.
Nor should it be any secret that the next iPad -- which, despite everybody's insistence on calling it the "iPad 2," probably won't go by that name -- will include a camera, maybe two, for FaceTime video-conferencing. What else might it include? See my roundup of "iPad 2" rumors for a discussion of other possible features, some of which I don't see coming in this model.
As for that "year of" reference, in the Chinese calendar this is the Year of the Rabbit. "Rabbit" sort of rhymes with "tablet," so you could consider that further evidence of the next iPad's imminent arrival.
On the other hand, in the Vietnamese calendar we're now in the Year of the Cat, which doesn't rhyme with any Apple products... unless there's an iMat coming next week.
I welcome further speculation, founded or unfounded, in the comments.
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