Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Apple announces event, iPad 3 launch expected
Apple, which sent the invitation to reporters by email on Tuesday, did not divulge details of the event, but just said that "we have something you really have to see. And touch." The invitation also featured a partial picture of a device resembling the iPad.
Apple launches are some of the hottest events on the tech calendar, scrutinized by fans, investors, the media and industry insiders alike.
The iPad has completely dominated the nascent tablet computer market, but Amazon's Kindle Fire, which sells at half the cost of an iPad, has chipped away at the lower end of the tablet market.
The third iteration of a device that has helped put pressure on demand for traditional laptops and computers is expected to boast a faster, quad-core processor and a higher-definition screen.
Some analysts and industry experts also expect 4G wireless capability, ensuring the iPad remains current as cutting edge broadband technology gains momentum.
Apple iPad tablet sales doubled in the December quarter to 15.43 million units from a year earlier. The company has sold about 55 million iPadssince it introduced the device in 2010.