Apple iPad 3 expected to launch on 7 March

The next version of Apple's iPad is expected to launch on 7 March at a scheduled event organised by the Cupertino, California-based company.

The next version of Apple's iPad is expected to launch on 7 March at a scheduled event organised by the Cupertino, California-based company.

 
Apple has not confirmed the product launch, but strongly hinted at it in its invitation to journalists. “We have something you really have to see. And touch,” it said, accompanying an image of what appeared to be an iPad touchscreen, according to the BBC.
 
The iPad 2 launched in March of last year, suggesting a trend for launches of the Apple tablet range, but the original iPad released in early April, so we cannot necessarily assume anything on the basis of dates.
 
Sales of the first two iPad models have topped 50 million units worldwide, which, when we consider the high price tag involved, is a lot of profit for the company.
 
 Apple iPad 3 expected to launch on 7 March
 
With the death of Apple's co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs, last year investors have expressed concern about whether or not the company can continue to push forward. The launch of the iPhone 4S disappointed investors and fans alike, so many eyes will be watching the iPad 3 to see if it can steal back market share that is being slowly lost to rivals like Samsung's Galaxy Tab and Amazon's dirt cheap Kindle Fire, the latter of which now has its own competition in the form of a $199 Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet.
 
All is not rosey for Apple, however, as it it is embroiled in a patent war with rival companies, with lawsuits fired back and forth. Initially it appeared to have the upper hand, but recent struggles with Samsung, Motorola Mobility and Proview have shown that it's best not to throw stones when living in a glass house.
 
Source: BBC