iPad 2 to be Announced on March 2, Available by the end of March

Earlier today, AllThingsD announced that according to their sources, the iPad 2 will be announced on March 2nd, at an event expected to take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Not much is known about the event, besides the date and the location. Given that Steve Jobs is currently on leave of absence, the event is unlikely to be hosted by the Apple CEO, and the iPad 2 should instead be introduced by another Apple officer, possibly Tim Cook. The new iPad should be available for purchase shortly after its announcement, as according to a report from 9to5mac, the device is actually should hit store shelves by the end of next month. The iPad 2 is expected to come with several improvements, including a thinner shell, front and rear cameras for pictures and FaceTime, and a higher quality speaker. The device should ship with a higher quality screen, but its resolution will not increase, as it will only offer 1024×768 pixels. Finally, the device is expected to come with more memory, but its processor should be very similar to one found in first generation iPads – clocked at a higher speed.