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Official : Apple iPad 2 To Launch On March 2

Apple has issued invitations to selected members of the press for an event next Wednesday, March 2, in San Francisco where the iPad 2 is going to be launched.

Amongst those gifted with the opportunity to see the iPad 2, there's Christer Holloman from Sky News (opens in new tab) (UK) who clearly doesn't even have a clue that the iPad 2, not the iPhone 5, will be on stage.

The event invite shows an iPad with a slightly larger bezel with the wordings "Come see what 2011 will be the year of" and will take place from 10AM (PST) at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts according to the Loop (opens in new tab).

There were earlier rumours - the latest coming yesterday - that Apple would have delayed the iPad 2 until June but with so many retailers in the UK and elsewhere displaying out of stock signs for so many iPad stock keeping units, a looming launch was never out of the picture.

While we won't be there next week, we will cover the event - hopefully live - next week from CeBIT in Germany, Hanover.

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.