AllThingsD: Apple Will Announce iPad 2 March 2nd

Apple will be holding a media event on March 2nd to announce the successor to the popular iPad tablet, according to a report from AllThingsD. Bearing all the hallmarks of a controlled leak, Kara Swisher reported that several unnamed sources “close to the situation” said that the date was “firm,” and that it would likely be held in San Francisco (i.e. the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts).

Apple has been expected to announce a new iPad seemingly since the start of this year, but as we get closer to the April 23rd anniversary of the original iPad’s ship date, rumors of an announcement have begun to accelerate. As note above, however, this particular rumor more closely appears to be one of Apple’s controlled leaks than similar rumors we’ve seen from other sources.

If Apple is planning a media event in a week, the company will begin sending out media invites faster than you can ask, “Will Steve Jobs be there?”