Apple is expected to launch its next generation tablet, the iPad 3, next Wednesday (March 7), with journalists having received an invite that states: “We have something you really have to see. And touch.”
Dual events have been scheduled for the King’s Place building (home of The Guardian newspaper) in King’s Cross, London and Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.
The notoriously coy US electronics producer, founded by the late Steve Jobs, has not confirmed that the events are indeed for the next iPad and some reports have ventured that the company could instead – or as well as – launch an interactive, Internet ready television or update its television set top-box system.
Yet rumours have abound persistently that a new iteration of the tablet is on its way, and the release next week would fall just five days after the anniversary of the iPad 2 launch last year.
Rumoured new features include 4G connectivity, higher screen resolution and a quad-core processor.
Both Google and Microsoft are expected to launch their own tablets later this year. Samsung’s Galaxy has found moderate success but Apple enjoys over 70 per cent of the current tablet market.
Large businesses are increasingly turning to tablets for their staff instead of desktop computers. Barclays Bank recently announced a roll out of the devices after a successful trial last year. Initially the devices will be handed out to executives but the bank sees an opportunity to increase customer experience by equipping branch staff with the apparently less divisive computers.