Apple's March 2 event invitation hints at iPad 2

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) will host a media event March 2 where it likely will unveil the next version of its popular iPad tablet. In a media invitation sent out today, the company offers a glimpse at a device that looks like the iPad--and is obscured by a giant "2"--and asks invitees to "come see what 2011 will be the year of."

Apple’s invitation to its event hints at iPad news.The event is set for March 2 in San Francisco starting at 10 a.m. PST.

The news is notable considering a recent report from Taiwanese brokerage firm Yuanta Securities predicted that the iPad 2's commercial launch might be delayed from April to June due to "production bottlenecks" at Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., which assembles the iPad. Subsequent reports from the likes of Reuters refuted that information.

Apple has sold 14.8 million iPads since debuting the gadget in April, including 7.33 million in its most recent quarter. The iPad contributed $4.6 billion to Apple sales, or 17 percent of its total revenue, in the company's most recent quarter. 

Apple recently started manufacturing the sequel to its popular iPad tablet, according to a report earlier this month in the Wall Street Journal. Additionally, the report said AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) and Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) will carry the new iPad, but that Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) and T-Mobile USA will not. 

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