Apple is planning to unveil its next-generation iPad 3 at a media event in early March and it will launch the new tablet later that month, Japanese blog Macotakara reported on Thursday. Prior to that press conference, however, Apple is said to be planning a separate “unusual” media event in early February. The subject of Apple’s supposed February event is unknown, however Macotakara states that it will not be product-focused. The iPad 3 is widely expected to feature a slightly thicker case than its predecessor to accommodate an upgraded high-definition display and a larger battery pack that will reportedly double the battery life of the iPad 2. BGR published evidence on Wednesday that Apple’s next-generation iPad will also feature a quad-core A6 processor and embedded 4G LTE connectivity.

UPDATE: Loop Insight has refuted claims that Apple will hold a media event later this month. The claim that Apple might unveil its iPad 3 at an event in early March was not addressed in The Loop’s report.

[Via MacRumors]