iPad 3 to be announced first week of March? :: @JohnPaczkowski (AllThingsD)

John Paczkowski claims that the new iPad 3 will feature a similar form factor as the iPad 2, but with better performance – especially in terms of graphics. Over the last year, numerous sources have claimed that the next iPad will feature “Retina Display” high resolution graphics, similar to what is found in the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Sources say the company has chosen the first week in March to debut the successor to the iPad 2, and will do so at one of its trademark special events. The event will be held in San Francisco, presumably at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Apple’s preferred location for big announcements like these.