BBC holding an event at the same time as the iPad 2 launch, are they linked?

Apple holding iPad 2 event on March 2

The BBC (British Broadcasting Company) is holding an unspecified press event on Wednesday March 2nd at 6pm GMT, which coincides exactly to the Apple iPad 2 launch event.

Now this could be pure coincidence, but throw into the mix that the BBC event will be hosted by none other than self confessed Apple fan Stephen Fry and this sets alarm bells ringing. Mr Fry was one of the first people to get their hands on the original iPad last year so it all starts to make sense, well a little anyway!

Another point to note, prior to the launch of the BBC’s iPlayer app for iPad earlier this month, an engineer working on the project for the BBC tweeted that the BBC app “Will take advantage of the higher-res screen that the iPad 2 has got.” “HD content will look good.”

Now we have since heard rumor after rumor that the iPad 2 will have the same display as the current version, but this may throw a spanner into the works. Will there be a live link between the two events? Are they connected? Is this just a coincidence? On Wednesday we will find out for sure!

[Electronista]

chrisoldroyd

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Phill Young says:

I would imagine based on what the BBC do, we would be more likely (and hopeful) to see Apps appear for iOS on AppleTV. That way you can watch HD content on demand from the BBC.
That is of course, if they are linked at all.

Patrick says:

Jobs is going to show up Facetime HD and link it between BBC and Apple's announcement. That is my guess.

Phill Young says:

Is Jobs likely to be there? (on stage I mean)

Gregz0r says:

Damn you TiPb! Just as I put the higher res iPad screen rumor to bed(in my own mind), you come up with this!
;-)

mrtotes says:

iPlayer on AppleTV is more of a priority than the iOS apps IMHO.

dave says:

id disagree, think of the userbase for each item and iOS mobile devices -iPod, iPhone and iPad have a huge advantage of userbase size in the UK over apple TV

Phill Young says:

or worse still, what if the BBC had a dedicated online tv channel, in the style of The Daily???

Dan says:

imagine if some how apple was actually able to get some kind of screen upgrade incorporated into the new ipad. Even after all the rumors. I still dont believe it but that would be quite the surprise.

Martin says:

BBC are announcing they have fixed the crashing issue with their app !!! Again !!!!

fayek says:

2011 will be the year of freedom in the middle east! :)

Londoner says:

If you're going to explain what the letters BBC stand for then you may as well do it correctly. It's British Broadcasting Corporation.

Caroline Inman says:

Hi I'm Caroline from the Digital Communications team at the BBC. Sorry guys but these events aren't linked - Apple have just booked a studio at TV Centre for their event as anyone can do.

SockRolid says:

I predict that The Stig will take iPad 2 for a test drive. With a running commentary by Jeremy Clarkson.

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