After a few weeks of conflicting reports, it now seems we have a firm timeline as tot he release date of the iPad 3. All Things D reports that Apple is planning on holding a special iPad event in early March and will release the iPad 3 soon thereafter.
Sources say the company has chosen the first week in March to debut the successor to the iPad 2, and will do so at one of its trademark special events. The event will be held in San Francisco, presumably at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Apple’s preferred location for big announcements like these. No word yet on a street date for the iPad 3 (assuming that’s what it’s called), though my guess is retail availability will follow roughly the same schedule as that of the iPad 2: Available for purchase a week or so after the event.
Apple last year introduced the iPad 2 on March 2, which was followed up by a launch just 9 days later. Consequently, it’s reasonable to expect the iPad 3 to launch by mid-March at the absolute latest.
Regarding the iPad 3 itself, the report confirm earlier iPad 3 reports pointing to a faster chip – likely the A6 – along with a 2048×1536 Retina Display.