This rumor comes from 9to5Mac, which says an Apple Store source tipped them the actual launch date, which is March 16. That makes sense -- most major Apple product launches have taken place on Fridays. It would also be about a week and half after the unveiling, just short enough to keep with Apple's pattern of near-immediate availability and just long enough to ensure a production sample doesn't get spotted in the wild before the event. It's also the same date that two new Apple stores, including one in London's Harrod's department store, are opening.
Even though Apple hasn’t said anything about what it’s going to talk about today at its event in San Francisco, we are almost 100% certain it’s going to unveil a new iPad called the iPad HD (not the iPad 3) with a high-resolution “retina” display, an improved processor and the option of getting a model equipped with 4G LTE connectivity.
How do we know all this? Rumors, of course. While outlandish Apple rumors on tech blogs and news sites are as common as hipsters at coffee shops, as an Apple event approaches they tend to converge into a consensus, with more reliable sources and outlets reporting similar, if mundane, developments.
So now, with the event mere hours away, what does that leave us to speculate on? Quite a lot, actually. Now that the main points have been settled on, the attention turns to the finer details and last-minute breadcrumbs that Apple and others have left in our path to the Yerba Buena Center, the venue for today’s festivities.
In a similar fashion, when many of the details about the iPhone 4S had been prematurely revealed last fall, it was left for Apple to surprise the world with Siri and the addition of Sprint to its U.S. carrier partners. Sure, many were still holding out hope for a true “iPhone 5,” but the real news was in the details.
Now, as then, more information began to trickle out at the last minute, just a day or so before the event. Here’s a roundup of the last-minute rumors surrounding Apple’s launch of the iPad HD.