The iPad 3 will be unveiled on 7 March after Apple sent out invitations to an event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, where the company launched the last two iPads.
The iPad 3 is expected to feature a number of improvements including better processors, higher-resolution cameras, an updated software interface that could include Apple's voice assistant Siri and possibly a resized screen.
The firm used the invites to undermine Google, sending them out at the start of Eric Schmidt's keynote at Mobile World Congress (MWC), diverting attention to Apple and starting another round of hype on what the hugely anticipated device may feature.
The firm will be confident the iPad 3 can help it maintain its huge lead in the tablet market, with 15 million iPad 2 devices sold in the last quarter, helping Apple generate huge profits and send its share price soaring past the $500 mark.
However, Apple is facing increasing competition from the new range of tablet/laptop hybrid devices that are starting to appear, with the Asus Transformer Prime trouncing the iPad 2 in a recent head-to-head by V3.
The inclusion of a keyboard dock was one of the main new features V3 hopes to see in the iPad 3 in a wish list we put together, alongside support for LTE networks, the ability to run Flash and near-field communication (NFC) capabilities.
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