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Posted at 3:10 PM ET, 02/23/2011

Apple invites media to March 2 event. Of course it's the iPad.

By Rob Pegoraro

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."

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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.

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 23, 2011; 3:10 PM ET
Categories:  Apple, Tablets  
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Comments

The real reason for the press event next week is that it's my birthday on Wednesday, and the Apple people want to give me a story to write.

Sadly, I'll be at CeBIT, where I'll bet there will be a complete lack of activity on the iPad 2, unless there's a secondary Apple press event there.

But still, what better reason could there be?

Wayne Rash

Posted by: wayne21 | February 23, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Everyone except Gizmodo.

Posted by: 3Djesus | February 23, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

ALL of Apple's OSX operating systems were named after CATS: Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, and currently Snow Leopard. Using your year of the cat theory, Apple may be getting ready to release a new operating system. Since Cougar and Cheetah have double meanings, perhaps Lion should be next!

Posted by: Chevy Chaser | February 23, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Topics:

iPhone Nano

iPad 2 and 3

Mac Lion

iOS 4.3


Posted by: rusty6 | February 23, 2011 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Who needs FaceTime on ANOTHERVdevice?

Posted by: caothien9 | February 24, 2011 6:28 AM | Report abuse

"Come see what 2011 will be the year of."

Lemme guess.....the year of ending sentences with prepositions?

Posted by: Hendershott | February 24, 2011 7:24 AM | Report abuse

"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."

LOL, I nominate this comment for "stretch of the year" award.

Posted by: DavidFlores | February 24, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse

The reason we call it the iPad2 is that those of us who are able to see the pipeline and the 60 pct lock on flat tablet screens know the next one out for Xmas 2011 is the 3D iPad, which we are going to call the iPad3 no matter what you MSM types tell us.

That said, I've been waiting for this launch and I am going to buy an iPad2. Not sure if I should get an Android barebones phone or an iPhone4 tho. Might defer that and get an FM iPod instead.

Posted by: WillSeattle | February 24, 2011 7:58 PM | Report abuse

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