iPad 3 Launch March 7: What To Expect

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First Posted: 29/02/2012 12:03 Updated: 29/02/2012 12:09

The invitations have been sent out (right in the middle of Google's keynote speech at Mobile World Congress) and the iPad 2 sales are stalling.

The details on the invite give nothing away, simply reading "We have something you really have to see. And touch."

Apple's launch of the new iPad 3 is imminent, so what should we expect?

The rumours:

The Telegraph says that new iPad 3 is expected to offer a higher resolution Full HD screen.

Bloomberg believes that the iPad 3 will pack a quad-core processor.

ComputerWorld took a literal slant, saying that if the image on the invite is not digitally altered, then the iPad 3 will have no "home" button.

The iPad 3 could feature the wireless standard Long Term Evolution (LTE), according to The Times Of India.

MacRumours says we should expect a thicker iPad. They believe the iPad 3 will have a 9.5mm aluminium shell.

Delivery date:

So whether the rumours are true or not, when can we get one?
Apple.pro reported via Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter, that a delivery of iPad 3 unites has been shipped from China to the US already.

Whether an iPad 3 is announced, or another gadget, delivery should be expected shortly following the announcement.

See more iPad 3 rumours below:

Is This The First Photo Of The iPad 3?
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According to rumors, the iPad 3 is about ten days away from its official unveiling (the tablets may be on the planes from China as we speak), and tech site MICGadget might have just posted the first photos of the next-gen iPad.

Well, sort of: MICGadget thinks it has a "production piece" of the iPad 3's back shell. Compared with the iPad 2 -- well, the two are pretty similar to the naked eye. The iPad 3 has more tapered edges and a larger camera but is otherwise nearly identical on the outside -- just like how the iPhone 4S looks like the iPhone 4.

One slight, slight change: Like many of us, the new iPad leaves winter wearing a larger pants size, as MIC Gadget's iPad 3 shell is 1 to 2 millimeters thicker than the iPad 2. This is presumably to accomodate the rumored Retina Display, which would up the new tablet's screen pixels from 1,024x768 to a stunning 2,048x1,536.

For many, many more pictures of what could be the iPad 3's shell, head over to MICGadget (and tell 'em that Jason sent ya!).

So: We have an iPad 3 case. In this way, this week's Apple rumors begins much like many episodes of CSI -- with a lifeless carcass. But what would the iPad 3 say if it were alive? Would it be able to speak? In other words, would it have...Siri? According to the latest rumors, and in the parlance of another handheld, advice-giving assistant: All signs point to Yes.