Apple To Launch iPad 2 On March 2?

Apple is set to launch the iPad 2 next week during a special "one more thing" event which will be held possibly at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Kara Swisher of All Things Digital says that the date has already been set based, her own sources have confirmed, with Apple likely to send invites to the event fairly soon.

The most pressing question will be whether Steve Jobs will spearhead the presentation or whether he will be too exhauted to do it; last week, rumours about his poor health - fuelled by photos published by the National Enqiurer - was a cause of concern for many of his fans.

As for the tablet itself, it has been the subject of many speculations although we've got a pretty good idea of what the final product will look like.

Expect it to be thinner thanks partly to a new screen, it will have a front facing and rear camera, possibly the same as the iPod Touch, it will use a Qualcomm baseband chipset which will be both CDMA and GSM friendly.

Apple is betting big on the iPad which was one of its biggest money spinners of the last year having sold almost 15 million of them in just three quarters.