iPad 2 release date confirmed by invite

Apple prepares Spring unveiling for New iPad

Updated: Apple iPad 2 officially launches with front and rear-facing cameras, a dual core processor, and a slim new design. Read all about it here

The iPad 2 looks set for a March 2nd unveiling after invites (which you can see here) from the Cupertino company began circulating earlier today.

T3 received its invite which features the words "Come see what 2011 will be the year of" adorned on an image of a calendar page with a corner peeled away to show something very Apple tablet-like. The venue chosen is the BBC Television Centre in London.

For guys in the US, the guys at The Loop revealed an invitation outlining an event that will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at 10am. The venue has been used by Apple to launch many of its major products before.

Previously it had been suggested that the iPad 2 release date had been pushed back until June having initially been pegged for release in April. That was according to analysts at at Yuanta, who claim that Apple made design tweaks to the iPad 2 as recently as the start of this month.

In their report, Yuanta, analysts Alison Chen and Vincent Chen said. “…production bottlenecks,” at the Hon Hai Precision Industries Plant where the iPad 2 is being made, were to blame. Word is that Apple’s 11th hour design changes were the cause of these so-called bottlenecks.

“Our checks suggest new issues are being encountered with the new production and it is taking time to resolve them,” the report said. "As a number of Android 3.0 tablets are being launched in April and May, the delay in iPad 2 shipments may give the Android camp a brief window of opportunity.’’

A delay in the iPad 2’s release date would seriously hamper the world’s leading tablet's fight against a slew of new slates, including the Motorola Xoom, HTC Flyer, BlackBerry PlayBook and Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Link: Bloomberg and The Loop

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