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Apple’s heavily anticipated launch event (presumably) for the iPad 3 tablet will take place on Wednesday, March 7 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, according to an e-mail we just received from Apple.

The image you see above shows the invite, so there’s no mistaking that this an iPad focused event. The iPad 3 has seen non-stop rumors and leaks for the past few weeks, but of course, it’s unclear how many of those rumors will actually pan out.

At this point, we’ve heard that the iPad 3 will be thicker to accommodate several new features, including higher resolution Retina Display, improved cameras, and the possible inclusion of LTE 4G technology. Other rumors about the new iPad suggest that the unit will offer a quad-core A6 processor to replace the iPad 2’s dual-core A5 chip.

The iPad 3 event will take place at 10 a.m. PST next Wednesday. Stayed tuned to VentureBeat on that day for real-time coverage of the event.

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