A “trusted source” speaking to 9to5Mac reveals that Apple will launch a new Apple TV alongside the iPad 3, and that both devices may be available nearly immediately after Apple’s March 7 media event.
Rumors have previously suggested that a new Apple TV could arrive in March, which will likely support 1080p HD content, and will probably include Apple’s A5 chipset (or a newer chip, such as the one used in the iPad 3). The source also provided code names and part numbers of the next-gen iPad and Apple TV:
MD328LL/A – J1 GOOD B- USA
MD329LL/A – J1 BETTER B-USA
MD330LL/A – J1 BEST-B-USA
MD366LL/A – J2A GOOD A-USA
MD367LL/A – J2A BEST A-USA
MD368LL/A – J2A BEST A-USA
MD369LL/A – J2A GOOD B-USA
MD370LL/A – J2A BETTER B-USA
MD371LL/A – J2A BEST B-USA
MD199LL/A – J33 BEST -USA
The J1 and J2 code names have previously been found in developer betas of iOS 5.1, and have been linked to the next-gen iPad. The two codenames likely refer to Wi-Fi only and WiFi + 3G/4G versions of the tablet. The J33 code name, on the other hand, refers to an upcoming version of the Apple TV.
Interestingly, the report also mentions a new mystery product or accessory with a codename of B82:
We’re also hearing of a mystery accessory that will launch alongside the new iPads and Apple TV. We’re not sure what it is, but it’s called “B82″ internally. The product is likely some accessory, probably ranging from either a cable, cover, or new audio remote. The new Apple TV will include Bluetooth 4.0 capability, so perhaps Apple will ship an improved remote to that takes advantage of that next-generation Bluetooth protocol.
The report also backs up previous reports that initial iPad 3 shipments are already headed for the U.S., and that the device will be available to purchase or pre-order almost immediately after Apple’s recently-announced media event on March 7th.