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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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.