Apple next gen iPad event tipped for March 7The iPad rumor mill is running hot as the tablet’s yearly product cycle target date draws near.

This year bloggers have predicted that Apple will host a keynote event to unveil the next generation iPad, aka the “iPad 3,” on March 7.

“Apple currently plans to hold their iPad 3 announcement on Wednesday, March 7, 2012,” announced Rene Ritchie, editor-in-chief of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch blog iMore.

The next-generation tablet is rumored to feature a 2048x1536 “Retina” display, a quad-core Apple 6 chip, and may even support faster 4G LTE data speeds.

In January Apple and i-device blog iLounge predicted that the next-generation iPad would feature upgraded cameras, a minutely thicker body, and a release date similar to the iPad 2’s (March 11).

As Mobile World Congress (MWC) draws near, tech-heads are also following rumors that Huawei will show off a 10” MediaPad 10 tablet.

In other tablet news, Samsung has revealed a new 7” Galaxy Tab 2 -- its first tablet to feature Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.