iPad 3 Set For March 7 Launch

The much-hyped iPad 3 will make its debut at a special launch event next week, Apple has suggested.

The Cupertino-based manufacturer has sent out invites to US press sites, confirming that a new product will be launched at an event in San Francisco on March 7.

The invite reads; “We have something you really have to see. And touch.” It was reportedly sent out in the middle of Mobile World Congress 2012, right as Eric Schmidt – chairman of rival Google – was preparing to give his keynote speech.

As with all upcoming Apple products, specification details of the iPad 3 have been kept secret, although rumours suggest it will feature an updated quad-core Apple A6 processor, a better high-resolution ‘Retina’ display, Siri voice recognition and 4G capabilities.

Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu said that if true, the 4G connectivity – based on the LTE (long-term evolution) standard – will be the most significant of the new features, as it will differentiate it from most Android-based tablets and the hugely popular Kindle Fire .

The third-generation iPad tablet is expected to go on sale in the US over the coming weeks, and will hopefully arrive in the UK by the end of March/early April.