Apple 'to reveal iPad 3 during GDC week'

Apple 'to reveal iPad 3 during GDC week'

By Rob Crossley

February 9th 2012 at 2:08PM

Company 'targets San Francisco for major press conference'

Apple could launch the iPad 3 on the same week and in the same city as the Game Developers Conference, a new report claims.

John Paczkowski, the All things Digital journalist who correctly predicted the unveiling of the iPhone 4S when the rest of the tech press was fizzing with wild guesses, now claims Apple has chosen the first week of March to debut its next generation tablet computer.

“The event will be held in San Francisco, presumably at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [(pictured)], Apple’s preferred location for big announcements like these,” Paczkowski wrote in his report.

If true it would mean Tim Cook’s company would be holding a press conference just a few hundred yards away from the Moscone Center where GDC takes place.

This would not mark the first time an Apple and GDC have been separated by just a thin stretch of San Franciscan highway. Last year, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata and Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs were both addressing their respective industries in two keynotes that had aligned with each other. The chance occurrence was given an even eerier quality when Iwata spent much of his time warning developers about the threat of Apple’s digital games platform.

Technically, the first full week of March funs from Monday 5th, but there is a chance Apple is expecting to make an announcement before GDC, between Thursday 1st and the weekend.

Apple has declined to comment on the matter.

A mushroom-cloud of rumours suggest iPad 3 will feature a A6 processor, enhanced graphics processing unit and a 2048×1536 Retina Display.