It's official. The invites have been sent out. Apple will hold an event next Wednesday, March 2, where it will likely launch the next iPad, according to US analysts.
Several media outlets, including IDG News Service, have received Apple's invitation to a press-only event on March 2. The invitation included the grammatically-questionable teaser line, "Come see what 2011 will be the year of."
Apple will hold the event in San Francisco, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, starting at 10 a.m. PT. The company last hosted a product launch at the center in September 2010, when it debuted the revamped Apple TV.
As is Apple's practice, the invitation lacked any information about what Apple will announce or tout, although the artwork appeared to show an iPad's distinctive volume controls at the upper right of the device.
The confirmation of the event follows a blanket denial yesterday by Apple Australia that an iPad media event was taking placing on March 2.
A spokesperson for Apple Australia said rumours of an iPad 2 launch in the US were exactly that: Just a rumour.
There are no solid plans for the launch of the iPad 2 – in Australia and abroad – just yet.
Of course, Apple Australia has yet to be proved wrong - the event may not launch iPad 2. But the betting is it will.
Apple kicked off the tablet craze with the first iPad. Since then a number of vendors including Samsung, Research In Motion (RIM), and Acer have launched their own tablet products.
The highly anticipated iPad 2 is rumoured to improve on its predecessor with a smaller and thinner form-factor along with increased processing power.
Additional reporting by Gregg Keizer