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Will a new Apple TV and iPad 3 be unveiled next week?

Consumer Reports News: February 29, 2012 04:08 PM

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Apple has sent out invitations to a March 7 event, which many tech enthusiasts suspect will be the announcement of the iPad 3 tablet computer. The invite taunts that its announcement next week will be " see" as well as "touch," leading much speculation of an unveiling of the successor to Apple's iPad 2—a Recommended model in Consumer Reports' Ratings of tablets> But, could there be something more, such as a new Apple TV?

While it most likely won't be the long awaited Apple-branded flat-panel TV, some technology and news websites speculate that a refreshed set-top box will be part of next week's announcement, since the $99 set-top box is overdue for a hardware update.

A new model would mean the palm-sized box might finally be able to display 1080p high-resolution videos—a capability Consumer Reports testers found lacking when we last reviewed set-top boxes.

Still, with the rise of smart, Internet-connected TVs, would a revamped set-top box from Apple make sense? Apple's invitation clearly showing what appears to be an iPad touch screen, so the news on March 7 will almost certainly focus on Apple's popular line of tablets.

Consumer Reports will be covering the Apple event on March 7.

What do you think? Does a $99—or even cheaper—Apple TV set-top box make sense?

Will Apple Unveil a New Apple TV Alongside the iPad 3? [PC World]
Sources tip new Apple TV and accessory launch for March [SlashGear]
iPad 3 Invites And The Art Of Minutia [Information Week]

Paul Eng

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