- iPad 3 will look 'near identical' but offer HD screen and quad-core processor, claim insiders
- Gadget expected to be on sale shortly after launch
Apple has sent out invitations to the San Francisco launch of its new iPad 3 this week.
As expected, the device will be unveiled on March 7 at a special even in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
The invitation says, 'We have something you really have to see. And touch.'
The invitation shows a finger over an iPad screen, pointing to the Calendar app, which is set to March 7.
The new iPad models are expected to offer a much higher resolution Full HD screen.
Bloomberg reports that iPad 3 processor will be a 'quad-core' device, a step that would put Apple's tablet ahead of competing devices such as Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in terms of computing power, and enable a new generation of high-powered apps.
Tech site MacRumors claims that the new models will also be more expensive.
'The iPad 3 costs $80 more for the equivalent Wi-Fi models, and $70 more for the equivalent 3G models,' said MacRumors, reporting on leaks from Chinese factories.
MacRumors claims that the device will be 'near identical' to iPad 2, which tallies with other leaks from Apple accessory makers.
The tech blog iMore reported that the new device is also rumoured to feature the anticipated 2048x1536 Retina display, and the quad-core Apple A6 chip to boost its speed and effectiveness.
'That's important to them because it means the iPad will work well with home cinema systems, since it will display full HD.
Various Apple accessory companies were showing off iPad 3 cases behind closed doors at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, all of which hinted at a gadget broadly similar in shape to last year's.
Popular Apple-watching website iLounge claimed to have seen a prototype behind the scenes at the show.