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.