Apple sets iPad 3 launch for March 7

Putting an end to months of tireless speculation, Apple announced the launch date for its next iPad yesterday. And, from what we can tell, the invite confirms what we heard about the device: it will indeed have a high-DPI display.

The iPad 3 launch event has been set for 10 AM Pacific on March 7, according to The Verge. The invite Apple sent to the press shows a finger hovering over the iOS calendar icon on an iPad-like display—which, of course, looks sharper than the iPad 2's 1024x768 panel. The caption underneath says, "We have something you really have to see. And touch."

That doesn't leave much to the imagination, now, does it?

All I hope is that there's no truth to that rumor about Apple pricing the iPad 3 at a premium. On Monday, MacRumors cited an "unverified story" from a Chinese blog that said Apple would charge $579 for the device. Apple may be the first out of the gate with a high-DPI tablet, but $579 would be a little hefty for a 16GB model without cellular connectivity.

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