Apple sent out invites this morning to an iPad 3 (or 2S) coming out party taking place on March 7th at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts where they unleashed the iPhone 4S last year. The invite, affixed with this image above, flirtatiously says, "We have something you really have to see. And touch."

According to CNET. "[t]he date confirms a report from iMore (formerly Tipb) earlier this month, claiming Apple would be holding it on March 7, and matches up with a story from All Things Digital before that, which said Apple would be holding an event in the first week of March.

Although Apple officially confirmed the gadget gala, they're mum on the next generation iPad's new features and design. However, according to tech gossip, the new iPad could run on a faster chip, feature a 2048×1536 Retina Display (similar to the iPhone 4 and 4S), use better graphics, and appear even thinner than its predecessor.

This comes as Apple faces heavy scrutiny over labor practices at Foxconn, the Chinese company that manufactures the iPad. As Gothamist pointed out last week, Foxconn's factories are in the city of Shenzhen, which has a population of workers greater than New York City that "toil for low pay in exploitative conditions to make our shiny Apple products."