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iPad 3 Media Event Planned for Early February?

Apple's education-focused media event isn't until Thursday, but Japanese blog Mac Otakara reports that Apple is already making plans for an early February event to introduce the iPad 3 ahead of an early March launch. The event is said to potentially also feature iOS 5.1, which is currently in developer testing.
According to asian supplier and a source in United States, Apple seems to prepare to hold Special Event in early February.

Because Chinese factory will be in holiday of New Year, then new product is concidered to be released in early March.
An approximately one-month gap between introduction and availability would be significantly longer than for the iPad 2, which was introduced on March 2, 2011 with availability coming just nine days later on March 11.

The original iPad didn't launch until more than two months after its January 2010 debut, although Apple tends toward longer gaps between introduction and launch for new product categories in order to accommodate the regulatory approval process without risking leaks of product details.

Mac Otakara has had a mixed track record in the past, but the site's most recent report regarding the start of iPad 3 production ahead of an early March debut was corroborated by Bloomberg just a few days later.

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30 months ago
Rating: 52 Positives
30 months ago

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Ha! Just as funny the first time as it is the 10,000th! Never gets old! Never! No, sir.
Rating: 29 Positives
30 months ago
Will be a bad day for the competition. The day the hammer falls. Again.
Rating: 12 Positives
30 months ago
The iPad 3 is going to be a beast! Quad-Core here we come! :apple:
Rating: 8 Positives
30 months ago

You're delusional if you think a 7' iPad will go for $199.


If I thought I saw a 7 foot iPad, I probably would be delusional.
Rating: 8 Positives
30 months ago
So will the invites say, "Three's a charm, but Quad's are better." :D
Rating: 8 Positives
30 months ago
Doesn't sound right. Surely Apple isn't going to punt away all those Valentines sales. Ha. Ha.

Seriously... too close to Xmas. People are just now starting to pay those bills off. Mid March to Early April is always a good launch time b/c it's far enough from the holiday bills and close enough to the spring buying season (Easter, Graduation, Mother's Day, Father's Day, "I need a new geek toy" day -- my favorite because I don't have to depend on anyone to get me what I want).
Rating: 7 Positives
30 months ago
If I wasn't so content with my iPad 2, I'd totally get an iPad 3 :p
Rating: 7 Positives
30 months ago
Official release date is Tuesday 6th March.

Regards,
Tim Cook


Sent from my 128gb Ipad 3
Rating: 7 Positives
30 months ago

Will be a bad day for the competition. The day the hammer falls. Again.


You must be happy bro....Lotion in Hand...err I mean Cash in hand
Rating: 6 Positives

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