A ten-year-old boy uses an Apple Ipad tablet computer. Apple announced iBooks 2 in New York Thursday morning, which will feature e-textbooks, tools for self-publishing, and updates to iTunes U.
Credit: Christopher Furlong

The iPad 3 is set to make its debut in the first week of March, according to reports from the tech site AllThingsD.

Unnamed sources told AllThingsD that Apple will unveil its latest iPad at one of its trademark special events. The event will most likely be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, which has been a preferred location for big announcements from Apple.

More from GlobalPost: RedPad Number 1, the pro-communist iPad, launches in China

A date for when the iPad 3, the unofficial name for the iPad 2’s successor, will hit stores has yet to be released, although it could follow the same schedule as the iPad 2, which was available about a week after the event.

The iPad 2 was unleashed on March 2, 2011, by the late CEO Steve Jobs, who had come back from medical leave just to introduce the new device at the Yerba Buena Center, the Los Angeles Times reported. It went on sale a week later on March 11, 2011. The first iPad was unveiled on Jan. 27, 2010, also at the Yerba Buena Center, but didn’t hit stores until April 3 of that year.

More from GlobalPost: Way-C tablet, the first African iPad rival, goes on sale in Congo

Blogs have circulated a photo of what looked like the back of the next iPad, which suggested it was in production and showed only slight differences from the iPad 2, the Daily Telegraph reported. It is also possible the photo is of a prototype or is even a fake.

Sources familiar with the product told the tech blog The Verge it will have double the screen resolution of the iPad 2 and will be a bit thicker, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Apple officials have not been available to comment on the launch day of the next iPad, the LA Times reported.

More from GlobalPost: Apple in a fight for the iPad name?


Related Stories