No more rumors: Apple hosting iPad event March 7

iPad 3 expected to be unveiled at Apple event

Apple has sent out invitations to an event that presumably will involve the unveiling of the much anticipated iPad 3 tablet computer.

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The event, for which Apple teases, "We have something you really have to see. And touch," is slated for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

It's been about a year since Apple showed off its market-leading iPad 2, and the new iteration -- whatever it is formally called -- is expected to boast a 2048-by-1536-pixel Retina Display with better resolution than the current screen, a more powerful processor (maybe a quad-core A6), a better camera (8mp), bigger battery and possibly support for 4G LTE networks. Mobile news site Know Your Cell suggests that the image in the invite lacks a "home button," indicating perhaps a new twist for the iPad.

Typically, Apple has released its new iPads a few weeks after announcing them.

Numerous signs of late have pointed to an impending iPad announcement, including Best Buy's price-slashing of the iPad 2 over the weekend.

Enough supposedly leaked images of the iPad 3 have now trickled out that you can practically create a Frankenstein-like monster from them now to get a sense of what the new tablet might look like.

According to the latest numbers from market watcher iSuppli, Apple owns 57% of the tablet market, having shipped 15.4 million iPads in Q4.

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