Apple Announcing iPad 3, Release Date Week of March 5th Josh Smith02/09/2012 Apple has chosen the first week of March to launch the new iPad, likely the iPad 3. Apple announced the iPad 2 last year on March 2nd, and it looks like the company is planning to keep to the annual release cycle with a rumored iPad 3 announcement event for the first week of March.Advertisement The new rumor comes from AllThingsD, which cites un-named sources. According to these sources Apple will hold a special event in California to launch the new iPad, likely at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts where the iPad 2 was announced. There is no specific date given for the iPad 3 announcement event, but Apple prefers to do product announcements on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so March 6th and March 7th look like good candidates. The new iPad is likely the iPad 3, but we have heard from sources that Apple will call it the iPad 2HD or iPad 2S, because it won’t have a major change in looks.Advertisement The iPad 3 may have a Retina Display.Advertisement Based on what we know form an Apple Insider and other sources, we expect a number of changes to the iPad, but it’s not clear if they will offer the same incentive to upgrade fo current iPad 2 owners. Rumored iPad 3 Features Retina Display with 2048 x 1536 resolution Dual Core A5 processor with more power Better graphics power Camera upgrade Bigger battery Same look and size Same price 4G LTE option Apple has not confirmed the event, but the company is not known for commenting on rumors. We anticipate that Apple will send out invites to the press within the next few weeks.