We could walk into a store and pick ourselves up a shiny new iPad 3 (or is it iPad HD?) next Friday, according to a report outing the iPad 3 release date.
The rumoured iPad 3 release date of March 16 was leaked to 9to5mac by a source close to the Apple Store, who confirmed that the iPad 3 / iPad HD would land in shops just nine days after being flaunted in front of the world's media.
It's also been rumoured that new Apple Stores will open in Houston, Texas and the London department store Harrod's on the same date – could this be to conveniently coincide with the iPad 3 / iPad HD becoming available?
The countdown begins
It would be great to see the next-generation iPad fly into stores so quickly after its grand unveiling, but we won't know for sure until this evening when Apple boss Tim Cook takes to the stage in San Francisco to (probably) reveal the iPad 3 / iPad HD.
We're still unsure on what the new iPad will even be called and there are numerous rumours hinting at possible specs, from the seemingly certain HD retina display and quad-core processor to the more ambitious NFC technology and extra connectivity ports.