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Apple Launching iPad 2 at a Media Event Next Wednesday, Says Kara

In the wake of forthcoming Honeycomb tablets, tech media is abuzz with a possible iPad 2 launch date. In an exclusive AllThingsD report by Kara Swisher, that date is apparently eight days from now, which is March 2, or this coming Wednesday.

The press conference is to take place in San Francisco, most likely at the beautiful Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Apple chose that building (shown on the right picture) to launch the original iPad.

It had also served as a venue for other Apple events in the past. The author is pretty adamant about the date:

According to several sources close to the situation, the Wednesday date in a little more than a week is firm and will take place in San Francisco, the scene of many such Apple events.

The original iPad launched at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on January 27 of last year. The colorful invitation shown at the bottom asked folks to "come see our latest creation." It remains to be seen whether Steve Jobs, last week photographed dinning with President Obama and his Silicon Valley perks, will attend the event or maybe launch the product himself. Apple’s chief is currently on an indefinite leave of absence related to ongoing health issues.

Kara’s report highlights wondrous iPad 2 features the rumor-mill has already churned out, including a faster processor, flashier graphics, FaceTime camera on the front, thinner appearance, an improved display and a dual-mode baseband chip from Qualcomm, allowing iPad 2 to run on both GSM and CDMA cellular networks. The news came on the heels of the latest reports from Reuters and The Loopt proclaiming today’s claims of production delays for iPad 2 and iPhone 5 untrue.

Watchful readers could note that Kara Swisher incorrectly predicted last year a mid-September Apple media event when in fact the company summoned the press to its Cupertino headquarters on September 1. That’s not to say she’s not onto something here. Today’s news from the Apple orbit suggest a controlled leak on Apple’s part. First, analysts said iPad 2 was being pushed back until June, then Reuters quoted investment bankers who debunked the rumor and now we’re being told to book a flight to San Francisco come next Wednesday. Pretty compelling – and convenient – iPad coverage for a single day, don’t you think? Whichever way you look at it, one thing seems to be pretty certain about iPad 2: It’s not a question of if anymore, but when. Of course, this comes as little consolation for the nerve-racking wait as we patiently await for an Apple invitation in our inbox.