iPad 3 release to come days after March showcase

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It is pretty obvious considering the history of many of Apple’s products that the iPad is shortly due to receive an upgrade. The current model was released last March, which came just under a year since the original model was released. Now reports are hinting that the iPad 3 release will come days after an early March showcase.

Before it was suggested that Apple would be holding two events with one this month and another during March, and now it seems there will be no event during February. But according to an article over at All Things D, sources are claiming that Apple has penciled in an event for the first week in March to showcase the next iPad.

It is being claimed that the event will be taking place in San Francisco, which could be at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. This is the company’s preferred location for many of its big product announcements. While there is no actual date given for the device hitting retailers it is believed to be similar to the iPad 2, and available around a week or so after the launch event.

The sources are claiming the device will have a similar form factor to the current model but with an improved display, faster processor, and an improved graphics processing unit. Earlier today we brought you the news that the iPad 3 may not feature a quad-core processor, but you would have thought whatever unit it has it will be quicker than the current version uses.

Meanwhile some more perspective iPad 3 components may have come to light, as AppleInsider are reporting of an apparent leak of an LCD panel that is made by Sharp. It is being claimed the unit is the 9.7-inch Retina Display for the iPad 3.

The screen features three flat cables that are connected to the bottom of the LCD, which is claimed to have 2,048 x 1,536 resolutions. If true the iPad 3 display won’t match the 326 pixel-per-inch density found on the iPhone 4S, and be closer to around 260 pixels-per-inch.

It is a big leap up from the iPad 2 though which has a resolution of 1,024 x 768, with a pixel density of 132 per-inch. It is believed the iPad 3 will come with a bigger battery that has been redesigned to accommodate LTE technology.

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