Apple To Launch iPad 3 On 7th March

Apple has confirmed that it will launch the iPad 3 on the 7th of March, next Wednesday after it sent an invitation to journalist that says that "we have something you really have to see. And touch".

The message comes with a picture that shows a finger touching an iCal calendar app icon showing Wednesday 7th (you can follow ITProPortal.com's coverage of the iPad 3).

The company didn't say whether the tablet would be called the iPad 3 although given the name convention adopted by Apple, this is likely to be so.

Last year, the iPad 2 was launched on the 3rd of March which was during CeBIT which will also be the case for the forthcoming iPad 3 launch.

Apple has not said when the tablet will go on sale but given the iPad 2 went on sale in the US nine days after the launch announcement, one can expect the iPad 3 to go on sale on the 16th, one day after the expected launch of the Samsung Galaxy S3.

More than 50 million units of the iPad tablet have been sold worldwide since it was introduced in 2010. ITProPortal.com will be live-blogging the pre-event buzz from Monday 5th of March as well as the event itself.