After a dose of actual news from Apple this morning — invites to an iPad event on March 7 — we’re back to the rumor mill. An Apple TV might be announced at the same time, and the next generation iPads may already be arriving at retailers to be available right after the official announcement, says 9to5Mac.

Citing “Reliable sources familiar with Apple’s upcoming product release,” the report says a new Apple TV offering will be unveiled at the same event in San Francisco March 7. The updated Apple TV will be a refresh, with a speedier processor for better video playback. The site also says there will be three versions of the next iPad launched, all with Retina displays and each version with a different connectivity option. Each iPad model will be available with three different memory options.

The Apple TV and iPad are already nicely matched, so it’s logical to pair them up for a joint release. You can use AirPlay features to steam music, photos, or video content from your iPad to an Apple TV, or see a mirror image of what’s on your tablet on the big screen — handy for presentations or demonstrations.

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