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ipad in useUpdate: Apple has sent out press invitations for the event next week.

Apple will finally debut the iPad 2 at a San Francisco event on March 2, multiple sources tell All Things Digital.

The iPad successor was expected to be announced within the next few weeks, so the report doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Since the original iPad was released last April, many expect Apple to have the iPad 2 available in that month as well.

The news follows a report from an analyst firm earlier this morning that Apple would be delaying the iPad 2 due to “production bottlenecks.” Indeed, it may not be a coincidence that we get our first wind of the iPad 2’s official unveiling after Apple’s stock began to take a hit from the delay rumors. Apple shares were down 3.4 percent to $338.61 on the NASDAQ this afternoon.

We reported earlier this month that Apple had begun production of the iPad 2.

As with every major Apple device launch, rumors about the iPad 2 have been floating around for some time. By this point, it’s pretty clear that it will feature front and rear cameras — although the back camera may be lower quality than many hope. It’s also expected to be thinner and slightly lighter than the current iPad, and it will likely run Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor.

Many had also hoped that the iPad 2 would feature a higher resolution display than the first generation model, although now most rumors say that it will be the same 1024 by 768 pixel resolution. The craziest rumor by far is that we’ll see yet another iPad release later this year, which may potentially be called the iPad 3.

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