Apple online store closes ahead of iPad 3 / iPad HD release

Third-gen Apple iPad to hit online store following unveiling as online outlet goes down

Ahead of tonight's official iPad 3 / iPad HD launch announcement, Apple has closed its online store hinting at a nearing iPad 3 release

Apple’s Online Store has been taken down ahead of tonight’s official iPad 3 / iPad HD launch unveiling, hinting to the possible immediate availability of the third-generation tablet device.

With the online store taken down globally and the usual yellow Post-It note place filler once again declaring: “We’ll be back soon. We are busy updating the store for you and will be back shortly,” attention now turns to what new devices will be residing in the online shopping outlet come the next virtual opening.

Whilst it is widely believed Apple will update is market leading tablet device in the coming hours, further reports have suggested the Cupertino based company is also planning on launching a new, Full HD 1080p version of its internet connected streaming service Apple TV.

Apple iPad 3 Rumours

Set to be officially unveiled today, March 7th, the Apple iPad 3 is expected to play host to a higher resolution screen, similar to the Retina display offering found on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.

"The new display is capable of greater resolution than the current iPad, with more pixels on its screen than some high- definition televisions," an unnamed insider source announced recently. "The pixels are small enough to make the images look like printed material. Videos begin playing almost instantly because of the additional graphics processing."

Elsewhere recent iPad 3 rumours have suggested the iPad 2 replacement will feature a form factor 1mm thicker than its predecessor with the increased internal space to be filled with the new display, an A6 quad-core CPU and improved optics for the rear-mounted camera.

Apple iPad 3 Price

Despite a number of rumours suggesting the expected inclusion of a 9.7-inch Retina display would see the market leading tablet follow-on land as much as $70 or $80 more than its predecessor, new leaks have claimed the iPad 3 price will follow directly in the footsteps of the iPad 2 with the same 16, 32 and 64GB Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi plus 3G options to remain.

Kicking off at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, the Apple iPad 3, which is set to be officially unveiled this Wednesday, March 7th, will continue to offer a competitive price in the increasingly competitive tablet market.

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