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Apple iPad 2 to debut March 2 in San Francisco, report says

February 22, 2011 | 12:35 pm

Apple's next-generation iPad -- unofficially known as iPad 2 -- will be unveiled March 2 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, according to a report.

Kwx8afnc The Cupertino-based tech giant has sent out no invites as of yet, but the News Corp. website AllThingsD reported Tuesday morning that it had confirmed the date and location.

The first iPad was revealed at a media event, also at the Yerba Buena Center, by Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Jan. 27, 2010, and hit stores last April. So far, Apple has sold more than 15 million iPads.

The report offered no word on whether or not Jobs will attend the unveiling of the next iPad.

In January, Jobs announced he was taking an indefinite leave of absence to deal with health issues. Jobs remains CEO, but has handed most of his day-to-day duties to Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook.

Jobs did attend a dinner with President Obama last week, along with a handful of other California tech leaders.

The iPad 2 is widely expected to be thinner and lighter than the current version and add new features such as a front-facing camera for video chatting using Apple's FaceTime software, as well as a possible SD-card slot and camera on the back for shooting video and photos.

Officials at Apple and the Yerba Buena Center were unavailable for comment Tuesday.

Whenever it arrives, the iPad 2 will face a much more competitive market than when the first iPad hit retail outlets.

Google is rolling out its first version of its Android operating system designed for tablets -- called Honeycomb -- Thursday on the Motorola Xoom. By the end of the year, Honeycomb is likely to be on dozens of tablets.

Hewlett-Packard also showed off its HP TouchPad recently, running on its HP WebOS software, and Research In Motion is prepping to release the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet soon as well.

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Photo: Apple CEO Steve Jobs demos the iPad tablet during its debut at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco on Jan. 27, 2010. Credit: Tony Avelar / Bloomberg News

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