The invitation will not come as a surprise to many. The blogosphere has been busy over the past few days discussing the coming event, even before it was announced by Apple.
The iPad 2 is expected to be thinner and lighter than the current model, which weighs 1.5 pounds. People who have seen cases for the new iPad believe it will have a shape similar to the current iPod Touch.
The device is also expected to have front- and rear-facing cameras. Many people were surprised that the first iPad did not have a built-in camera, and Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, had to defend the decision to not add one.
The tablet market has been heating up recently. At the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a slew of tablets, billed as “iPad killers,” were on display running a variety of operating systems, including Microsoft Windows and Google Android.
A number of companies are gunning for Apple in the tablet market after the company sold more than 15 million iPads in the last year.
It is unclear who will be on stage at the event, as Mr. Jobs recently took a medical leave of absence. In the past, when Mr. Jobs has been unable to present new products, senior executives from Apple have split up the task.