Apple's iPad 3 Event Invitation: 7 Clues You Might Have Missed

Peter Pachal

1. No Home Button

First noticed by reader BenAmirault, the lack of home button on the iPad shown in the invitation has been the primary focus of attention. While many leapt to the conclusion that Apple may be getting rid of the home button (Steve Jobs famously didn't like buttons at all), others quickly pointed out that the iPad could just be in in landscape mode. However, some other clues may prove it's not that simple...

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In case you've been living in the analog world for the past few days, Apple sent out invitations Tuesday to an event to be held next week. And the Internet exploded, right on schedule.

Apple, true to form, has not said anything about what products or services it'll unveil next week, or if it'll unveil anything at all. Nonetheless, based on past history, a nonstop cavalcade of rumors, and third-party sources, Apple is all but guaranteed launch the next iPad, aka the iPad 3, at its March 7 event.

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That much was effectively confirmed by Apple's invitation, which shows a picture of a finger reaching out and touching what can only be an iPad screen, along with the words, "We have something you really have to see. And touch."

That's all we have to go on, at least officially. That's when we turned to you, faithful Mashable readers, to see if there were any clues in the invitation that might not be obvious. It wasn't much to work with, but that one image and those 10 words prompted a frenzy of digital forensic examination the likes of which could only be matched by an entire season of CSI.

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From the wording to the visible apps to the pattern of droplets on the screen, readers extracted clue after clue as to exactly what the iPad 3 might be. Keep in mind that all of this is highly speculative, that Apple could have easily Photoshopped the image extensively, and the company is notorious for its misdirection over rumors.

Still, the invite is real, and it really came from Apple. Here's what our readers were able to extract. Feel free to share any more theories in the comments.

This story originally published on Mashable here.