updated 11:15 am EST, Wed February 23, 2011
Apple sends invite for March 2 iPad event
Apple as rumored has sent invitations to a special event on March 2. The teaser makes clear that the event will surround the next iPad and calls out Android tablets, inviting users to "come see what 2011 will be the year of." The event as suspected will be at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at 10AM Pacific.
The image shows a current-generation iPad and doesn't give any clues as to what the next model will entail. Most expect it to go dual-core with an ARM Cortex-A9 chip, possibly called the A5. It should also make the leap to dual-core PowerVR graphics that could enable 1080p video and much more advanced 3D detail. Front and back cameras will keep it competitive with a rash of other tablets and should bring both FaceTime chat as well as Photo Booth and video recording.
The tablet should be the first with built-in Verizon-ready 3G and may be a dual-mode device with both Verizon's EVDO and HSPA inside. Modern Qualcomm chipsets open the door to the possibility of HSPA+ on carriers like AT&T that would provide much faster 3G speeds.
The lone sentence is a direct play on claims by analysts that 2011 would be the year of the Android tablet. It may also be a thinly veiled reference to Motorola's attempts to play on Apple's ads and arguing that 2011 won't be the Xoom's year.