Report: Apple to announce iPad 2 on March 2

Mark your calendars, folks. All Things Digital blogger Kara Swisher says she's learned from "multiple sources" that Apple will unveil its second-gen iPad one week from now, on March 2. The device may not become available straight away—indeed, other sources are hinting at a possible June release—but a announcement could answer one key question: how will this year's competing tablets compare?

The All Things Digital blogger quotes analyst chatter about a thinner iPad with an "improved display," a front-facing camera, and a Qualcomm chip offering both GSM and CMDA network connectivity. The WSJ stated plainly earlier this month that the iPad 2's display resolution will be "similar" to that of the original, so Apple might have other improvements in store. Either that, or one of the two publications is wrong. Hmm.

In any case, Swisher writes that the Wednesday, March 2 announcement date is "firm," and Apple is expected to send invites shortly for the event. That's according to "several sources close to the situation." The same sources expect the event to take place in San Francisco, possibly at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where Apple has orchestrated many of its famous keynotes.

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