Apple rumoured to start selling the next iPad on Friday, March 16th

Surely all the details will unfold in about 24-hours from now, but the latest rumours have Apple’s next-gen iPad, now possibly called the “iPad HD”, hitting stores on Friday, March 16th. No word on which countries will be graced with the new tablet first, but according to a report in 9to5mac, their sources state that “We’ve been told by a Apple Store source who has been reliable in the past that preparations are being made for a big Apple Store event which will culminate on Friday, March 16th. Naturally, this points to an iPad 3 launch on the Friday just nine days after tomorrow’s announcement.”

Specs of the 3rd iPad are rumoured to have the same pricing as the iPad 2, but sport a 9.7-inch “Retina” HD display (2,048 x 1,536), run iOS 5.1, LTE-enabled, be a bit thicker than the iPad 2 by 1mm, longer battery life, better camera (possibly 8MP).

Source: 9to5Mac