In all the buzz and rumors about the iPad 3, one of the items not many seemed to have any clue about was what Apple might actually name their next generation iPad tablet.

Keeping with tradition, most of us just called it the iPad 3, with a note somewhere along the way that that might not actually be the name.

CNET says they now know the real name, and it’s iPad HD. They quoted an unnamed source which has ‘provided reliable information’ in the past for the info. The HD part would be fitting, as the new iPad is expected to have a high-definition touchscreen.

Speculated about over the last month, just last week Apple confirmed that they would have a major announcement on March 7, at 10 AM Pacific time. Invites were sent out to the reveal last week. The event is to be held at The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Of course, there is no guarantee that an iPad is what will be revealed that the event. But given the anecdotal evidence, Apple surprising us with something totally different is unlikely.

The new iPad is expected to be a 9.7 inch tablet with a quad core and a ‘retina’ display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. The base pricing is expected to be the same as the iPad 2, with the price on the iPad 2 dropping slightly when the iPad 3 (or HD) is launched. Here at CP through, we would not be surprised at the iPad 2 pricing remains the same, with a premium being added to the HD version.