Apple has confirmed that the new iPad will be launched on March 2nd in San Francisco. The invitation that was sent out to the media features a huge "2" in the center, which supposedly references the date of the Apple event as well as the introduction of the possible iPad 2 naming.
In fact, leaked shots of the case suggest it will still be the iPad. The launch is obviously timed to blow the wind out of the sales of the Motorola Xoom, which launches today.
As one blogger says, "Knowing that Apple will probably announce a new iPad next week, how many would-be Xoom buyers will put off their purchase at least a week to see what Apple reveals? The mere announcement of this event could throw cold water on the Xoom's retail debut."
But I think that the big "2" on the invitation is a little misleading. Would it be wise to consider the name iPad 2 on this new product? Apple has 90% of the tablet market and has sold 15 million iPads to date. The name iPad 2 would immediately make all of those tablets look outdated and send out a message that the cool product you bought a few months ago is already headed to the scrap yard.
I blogged about this back in December, noting that Apple has yet to call the second generation of any of their products "2".
The second iPhone was just an iPhone, the second iMac was just an iMac.
I'm still betting that the iPad name stays put, but the product gets even more innovative.