Apple Reportedly Plans March 16th iPad 3 Launch Event

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Apple has reportedly scheduled an unannounced launch event on March 16th, an event that would theoretically be centered around the iPad 3 (or iPad HD) shipping in the U.S. Citing unnamed Apple Store sources, 9to5Mac reported that Apple Stores are already preparing for the event.

Tim Cook's Calendar?

Tim Cook’s Calendar?

Apple is expected to announce the new iPad at a media event on Wednesday, March 7th (tomorrow). The Mac Observer will be on hand to provide live coverage for the event.

As with most of Apple’s product launches in the last several years, the purpose of the media event hasn’t been specified, but everyone and their brother knows that Apple will announce the new iPad at that time. March 16th is a Friday, and the timing would be consistent for Apple’s other iOS device launches, which often take place within two weeks after the device is first announced.

For instance, the iPhone 4S was announced on October 4th, 2011 and officially shipped on October 14th (pre-orders began going out on October 11th). iPad 2 was announced on March 2nd and officially shipped on March 11th.

So, a Friday that is nine days after the announcement is consistent with Apple’s track record, making March 16th a logical date.

Apple’s next iPad is expected to include a higher resolution (2048 x 1536) resolution Retina Display, the Apple A5X processor, and a new camera. Other rumors have claimed the device will feature 4G LTE wireless support, though we aren’t banking on them.

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8 Comments Leave Your Own

Garion

March 16 sounds about right. As the article points out, launching the iPad nine days after it’s been announced is in keeping with former Apple practice. I believe it.

d'monder

Will that make it the iPahd?

Bryan Chaffin

Will that make it the iPahd?

No.

Lee Dronick

Will that make it the iPahd?

March 16th is the day before Saint Patricks day, this will be the iPaddy running I’OS. The competition will be green with envy.

RonMacGuy

March 16th is the day before Saint Patricks day, this will be the iPaddy running I?OS. The competition will be green with envy.

grin  And Apple will continue to collect the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow…

mrmwebmax

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Once again, excellent graphic to go with the article! Now, do you imagine Tim Cook has $70,000 checks lying all around his place? (“Keep it.”)

As for the competition, they’ll go right into the lumber yard. smile

Bryan Chaffin

Thanks, mrmgraphics. smile

wab95

March 16th is the day before Saint Patricks day, this will be the iPaddy running I?OS. The competition will be green with envy.

And Apple will continue to collect the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?

excellent graphic to go with the article!

This is why I drop by TMO.

Many thanks, Bryan et al. You guys made my morning.

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