iPad 3 To Arrive In March

The much anticipated Apple iPad 3 could be set for a March release date if rumours coming out of Japan are to be believed.

A recent report by Japanese Apple blog Macotakara claimed that the third-generation iPad tabletwill be launched sometime next in March and not later this month to coincide with Apple founder Steve Jobs’ February 24 birthday, as earlier reports had suggested.

The website revealed that a “strange” Apple event is scheduled to take place in February but will not be related to the iPad 3 . Instead, it is believed that the Cupertino-based firm will make an announcement related to its iOS 5.1 mobile OS, which has been released to developers in beta form.

The iPad 2 made its debut at a special event in downtown San Francisco on March 2, 2011, going on sale a week and a half later. Macotakara originally suggested that a similar delay between introduction and launch was planned for the iPad 3, though the gap this time round would be a bit longer due to a slowdown in production over the Chinese New Year.

When it does finally arrive, the iPad 3 is expected to bring a handful of improvements over the existing model, including a high-definition “retina” display, a quad-core A6 processor, support for 4G LTE wireless networking and much better battery life.