It looks as if Apple fans may have a date to circle on their calendars for the launch of the next iPad. Hayley Tsukayama reports:

As we get closer to the expected launch of Apple’s next iPad, reports about the device and when it will launch continue to build.

One report taking the rumor mill by storm comes from the blog iMore’s Rene Ritchie, who says that Apple’s planning its next launch event for March 7. Ritchie cites sources “who have been reliable in the past.”

The timing was confirmed with a “Yep” by the Loop’s Jim Dalrymple, who’s known for being well sourced at Apple.

Besides the launch date, more rumors of the tablet’s specs have emerged. VentureBeat reports:

“Along with the 2048×1536 Retina display, the iPad 3 will feature a quad-core Apple 6 system-on-a-chip, and possibly 4G LTE networking,” [iMore editor-in-chief Rene] Ritchie said.

We’ve suspected for some time that the iPad 3, should it be called that, will feature a faster processor, faster graphics, and a retina display.

The ‘iPad 3’ is also expected to ship with LTE. The Verge reports:

One of the major question marks about the iPad 3 has apparently just been answered. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the iPad 3 will ship with LTE on board for both Verizon and AT&T, citing its venerable "people familiar with the matter." It's not yet known if Sprint will be able to pick up the iPad 3, although 3G radios on the device are apparently likely as the WSJ says that "When LTE isn't available, the new iPad will default to a slower network technology." The inclusion of 3G radios in addition to 4G LTE shouldn't be a surprise to anybody, but added together with LTE it does make it seem slightly less likely that Apple will be able to ship a single SKU for all carriers, as it does with the iPhone 4S and its dual-mode GSM/CDMA radio.