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iPad 3 debut once again rumored for March

Whether Apple will release a new iPad next month doesn't seem to be the question as much as what day it will happen. A new rumor has it down to the day.

The scene at the iPad 2's unveiling last year.
The scene at the iPad 2's unveiling last year. James Martin/CNET

Got a calendar and hopes for a new iPad? If so, you might want to pencil in Wednesday, March 7.

That's according to iMore (formerly Tipb), which citing "sources who have been reliable in the past," says that's the day Apple will be holding a special event to take the wraps off the iPad 3.

That date matches up pretty nicely with the more general "first week of March," reported last week by All Things Digital, and with Apple picking a Wednesday as its go-to date for last year's unveiling of the iPad 2.

As 9to5mac notes, iMore correctly posted the October release date of the iPhone 4S in early August.

Spec-wise, iMore piles on with some rumored checklist items we already knew about, like a 2048 x 1536 pixel display and 4G LTE networking. The blog also suggests that the device will, in fact, sport a quad-core processor--something that came under scrutiny last week with a report in The Verge suggesting that Apple might stick with two cores instead.

The iPad 2 made its debut at a special event in downtown San Francisco on March 2, going on sale a week and a half later. A handful of reports have suggested that whatever device Apple rolls out next, it will follow a similar pattern to what the company did with the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4S, where there are simply improvements on an existing hardware model. You can catch up on those and other whispers on our iPad 3 rumor roundup.