Apple looks set to announce the iPad 2 on 2 March, it has been claimed.

The All Things Digital blog reports that "multiple sources" have confirmed an Apple event for 2 March. The news appears to contradict claims made by two analysts at Yuanta Securities that "production bottlenecks" would delay the launch of the device until June.

However, the new report seems to be more in keeping with the Wall Street Journal's claim earlier this month that the iPad 2 was already in production. There has been speculation that the device will actually be available from 2 April in the US, though not until July for other markets.

The second-generation iPad is expected to have a better screen than its predecessor - lighter, thinner, and less reflective, some reports have claimed. It looks as if a retina display is out of the question, though, despite the addition of a dual-core graphics chip.

The processor will be a dual-core Cortex A9 running at 1.2GHz and the GPU will be Imagination's dual-core SGX543. There will be 512MB of RAM as well as two cameras - one front-facing and one rear-facing - though there is some doubt as to the exact specifications of these. Support for 720p video and FaceTime are expected to be present as well.

The announcement is going to take place in San Francisco, according to the report, though no invitations have been sent out yet.

Meanwhile, Apple is expected to unveil the new line of MacBook Pros on Thursday 24 February, as a 56th birthday present to Steve Jobs.