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Apple event next week points to imminent iPad 3 launch

New tablet on shelves before the end of March?

Apple has announced a press event in San Francisco next week where we'll likely get our first glimpse at the next iteration of its iPad tablet.

According to The Verge, the unveiling goes down on Wednesday 7th March at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, starting at 6.00pm UK time.

That's practically the same date that it announced the iPad 2 in 2011.

Should the iPad 3's launch plan mirror that of its predecessor, we can expect a US release a little over a week later, and a UK release a little over three weeks later.

Details of exactly what the device will be able to do are still firmly under wraps, though Digital Foundry recently published an in-depth look at the various iPad 3 rumours currently circulating.