Apple will introduce the much-awaited iPad 3 at an event early next month, and will start selling it the following week, according an All Things D report.
Apple typically releases its products annually. Last year, then-CEO Steve Jobs returned from medical leave to lead the launch event of the iPad 2 on March last year, therefore, the reported schedule fits in. Apple had started selling the new tablet on March 11, 2011 via its online store.
The successor of iPad 2 is reported to sport a more powerful processor, an improved graphics processing unit and the much-hyped, 2048×1536 Retina Display. The event is going to be held in San Francisco.
The iPad 3 launching report comes days after a leaked photo of the new iPad hit online. The image, which hinted that the device is already under production, triggered all sorts of speculation regarding the new iPad 3. But the leaked photo showed very slight difference from the iPad 2, which shows the image could be of a rejected prototype or even a fake one.