iPad 3 to hit Apple Stores on March 16?

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An anonymous source from an Apple Store claims that there are big preparations underway to start selling the iPad 3 on March 16. Tomorrow afternoon Apple is holding an event which will solidify or explode all of the wild iPad 3 rumors, but a March 16 launch passed on to 9to5Mac seems like a safe enough bet, considering Apple has a tendency to get their products into stores very shortly after announcing them. Most of our sources suggested March 30, which is an uncharacteristically long wait, but one way or the other, you're probably going to be able to get an iPad 3 before the end of the month.

There are a ton of iPad 3 features that we're still not 100% sure about, including LTE support, upgraded cameras, and a retina display, but until tomorrow, they all exist solely in the realm of wishful thinking. As far as release dates go, is March 30 too much of a wait for you guys? March 16 seems more sensible given Apple's habits, doesn't it?

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Simon Sage

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There are 16 comments. Add yours.

Glenn#IM says:

The iPad 2 was about the same. Nine days after the announcement.

DavidWildJnr says:

Hopefully it won't be a further 3 weeks for UK again.

GabrielEF#AC says:

It'll get here when it gets here.

astralisdustin says:

As selfish and impatient as it sounds, March 30th seems too long for me :(

iSRS says:

Ditto. I leave for vacation at 7 AM on 3/30, and would like this for the cross country flight. So hoping the 16th.

cardfan says:

I'm expecting Mar 30. Anything before then is a bonus.

Lawls says:

Thats my birthday so if it gets released then I'd be more than happy to accept it for a present

Sancho90 says:

I sort of hope and hate that it may be released so soon... Only cause I don't have enough money saved up yet.
Waaaaaa!!! Mommy! Apples releasing the iPad before I have enough money!!!

wiggy1 says:

I think it should be released on Pi day (3-14-2012). That would be so geek :)

Blue says:

I'm expecting March 9th, why? Because I'm optimistic. Why make us wait so long after the announcement?