Apple to unveil iPad 2 on March 2 [Update]

Nobody can deny that Apple’s new iPad is a hot topic in the tech world. Rumored release dates are posted and changed and system specs are theorized almost daily. Now, according to All Things Digital, the wait will soon be over as Apple will be revealing details on the iPad 2 on March 2. Although nobody has received an official invitation to the party yet, the report states that the event will be held in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Unlike last year when the iPad was one of the only real tablets on the market, the landscape has changed with the introduction of new tablets such as Motorola's Xoom. Apple has a huge head start that will be difficult for competitors to overcome, but the company can't simply rest on its laurels. They have a large install base of tablets, but will the iPad 2 be just as popular? The question revolves around saturation: If 15 million tablets were sold in the past year, how many of those people will be compelled to purchase the new version? How many new customers can Apple attract to their offering as opposed to their opposition?

While the official specs of the iPad 2 have yet to be released, there has been plenty of speculation on the Internet.  The common rumors revolve around the new device having two cameras, an SD card slot, and higher screen resolution. Other reports say that the screen resolution will be the same. It appears that all of these questions will be answered next week.

We'll be watching the details of this announcement closely to see what Apple is doing to improve the tablet experience and to differentiate themselves from their newfound competition.

[Update] It looks like both the New York Times and Reuters are now confirming this date.

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if it has a SD card slot or USB port, and Apple tries to play it off as "Magical and revolutionary" I am going to scream....

I hope Ipad 2 improves on all the basic feature of ipad 1 which included, touchscreen and Wifi. Wikipedia says its the release is going to be in April.

Sylar2010 said,
Junk cant even get youtube on it over priced junk.

What?
You fail at trolling.
Youtube is and always have been available on all Apple iDevices

I think neowin should stop publishing articles regarding the rumors of the iPad 2 until it's officially announced it's becoming annoying.

thnok said,
I think neowin should stop publishing articles regarding the rumors of the iPad 2 until it's officially announced it's becoming annoying.

I Completely disagree, this type of article is keeping our company in the loop and holding us back from buying old iPads until the new ones come out.

"According to blah blah blah"

Sigh... I wish Neowin would stop stating this as fact, when in fact this is just as much a rumour as the rest of the Apple "news" this week.

This will be the same day that Jobs retires as CEO too.... Apple has a way with timing, so while my comment is made tongue in cheek, it would be entertaining if it turned out to be true.

The only company that doesn't really have to disclose the goings-on with its CEO is Apple.

The Laughing Man said,
Whats with the slew of misleading titles on the front page for the past week or so.

Indeed, stating it as fact, when in fact it's nothing more than another rumour.

I'm saying this headline is misleading, nothing has been confirmed yet. No invites have been sent out for any event either. It's just "rumoured" that apple are holding an event.

DrCheese said,
I'm saying this headline is misleading, nothing has been confirmed yet. No invites have been sent out for any event either. It's just "rumoured" that apple are holding an event.

What are you talking about? My uncle's best friend's father in law knows a guy who's brother's best friend's girlfriend who leaked the story. It has to be true. It's credible sources.

UndergroundWire said,

What are you talking about? My uncle's best friend's father in law knows a guy who's brother's best friend's girlfriend who leaked the story. It has to be true. It's credible sources.

I heard it from my grandma's newspaper boy who said this guy's butler's neighbor's nephew's T-ball coach confirmed his sister-in-law's co-worker's doctor's Alzheimer's patient that heard it from another patient mumbling it while in a coma! Now you know a story like that HAS to be true.

Tim Dawg said,
I heard it from my grandma's newspaper boy who said this guy's butler's neighbor's nephew's T-ball coach confirmed his sister-in-law's co-worker's doctor's Alzheimer's patient that heard it from another patient mumbling it while in a coma! Now you know a story like that HAS to be true.

GOD told me, so it MUST be true...LOL