Have you been getting withdrawal symptoms surrounding Apple’s much anticipated iPad 3 release? Thought so. Luckily looks like you will be getting more than your fill of iPad news over the next week as the manufacturing giant sent out a tantalising invitation today (February 28th) which has been taken by many as confirmation of its release on March 7th.
The email invite—accompanied by the image of a finger poised over an iPad’s calendar icon—simply reads: “We have something you really have to see. And touch.” It then invites the press to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, California—a venue common for Apple’s larger launch events.
Equally, a UK event will also be taking place at King’s Place in London on the same day, March 7th.
Adding extra flesh to the rumours was the fact that the iPad 2 was released on March 2nd 2011. A March 7th release would thus be perfectly in keeping with traditional Apple practice of updating its major products every year.
The iPad 2—and its father the original iPad released in April 2010—has become an increasingly ubiquitous bit of kit in the pro audio industry just as it has elsewhere. This year’s pro audio trade events have seen a number of products being released and products which incorporate the iPad, such as Mackie’s DL1608, have remained heavily visited news stories on Audio Pro International throughout. More generally, iPad apps have become commonly used by pro audio engineers, such as Yamaha’s StageMix app.Article continues below
Various rumours—of varying reliability—have been spreading about what people will see if the iPad 3 does explode onto the scene next Wednesday. However, The Wall Street Journal has suggested that it will receive a sharper resolution screen as well as 4G capability. The Guardian goes further suggesting a quad-core processor—as opposed to the dual-core of the iPad 2—and a “retina” screen providing four times the resolution of the iPad 2.
Ultimately, however, this is all conjecture. But it does look like a new piece of tech will be on the pro audio scene very soon indeed.