Apple has issued the invitations for an event unanimously expected to be the unveiling of the new iPad, in the process bombing the key presentation by main competitor Google at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The announcement ensured that Google and executive chairman Eric Schmidt would receive little to no oxygen in the Twittersphere, and demonstrated that Apple sees the search giant as its main competitor, rather than Microsoft, which will present later today.
The text of the invite reads simply, ‘We have something you really have to see. And touch’.
Obsessive fans have suggested that the lack of a home button in the invitation image indicates the new iPad will be entirely touch-based, although commentators have pointed out it could just as easily be an iPad 2 on its side.
At any rate, all will be revealed on March 7, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.