All signs are indicating that the iPad 3 will be announced in the first week of March at an event held by Apple in California. The iPad 3 is rumored to include some pretty impressive specs, including a quad-core processor and a ‘truly amazing‘ Retina display.

It would make sense that retailers like Best Buy would begin pulling the iPad 2 from its shelves to make way for the iPad 3. According to a leaked screenshot from Engadget, Best Buy has begun pulling the iPad 2 from its shelves…

The big box retailer has already reduced iPad 2 prices by a cool $50, apparently to make way for the big number 3, and now we’ve gotten a note from a blue shirted tipster, saddling the slate (known here as the MCQSULL/A W) with a “Deleted” status. What you’re looking at is the entry for the white 32GB model, but we’re told other models have been similarly flagged. Granted, we know that this isn’t exactly a definitive statement on Best Buy’s part by any means, but it’s certainly been a harbinger of Apple product launches in the past.

Yesterday, we also reported that Best Buy has slashed the price of the iPad 2 by $50 for every variant, thus welcoming in the iPad 3.

Rumored specs for the iPad 3 include a Retina display, larger battery, upgraded cameras, and a quad-core processor. It’s also rumored to ship with iOS 5.1, which may carry Siri support on the iPad and a new rich text editor.

An interesting leak came our way today from a Chinese social network, saying the iPad 3 may see a $70-$80 price hike, compared to older versions of the iPad. A price hike certainly doesn’t seem like an Apple move — considering it’s kept prices consistent over the years — but could hold some truth considering the higher specs.

Nonetheless, all of these rumors should be cleared up soon — perhaps March 7th. Best Buy pulling the iPad 2 from its shelves certainly points to it.

  • cruzcontrol1001

    I can’t wait I held out on the iPad 2 to get the iPad 3

  • I have the iPad 2, so I’ll upgrade next year. Right now my focus is on getting a 13″ Mac Book Pro!

  • Selling my iPad2 on ebay now, already at $430 with 5 days left!

  • Syreeta Dandridge

    Those r iPad boxes not iPad 2 boxes

  • KewlDewd

    Why does it make sense that they would pull iPad 2’s from the shelf? So they can have empty shelf space and miss potential sales? Doesn’t make sense to me. It’s not like it takes days or weeks for a guy at a Best Buy store to replace iPad 2 boxes with iPad 3 boxes.