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Old Dec 23, 2011, 11:17 AM   #1
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Apple Pushing to Introduce iPad 3 on Steve Jobs' February 24th Birthday?




FocusTaiwan reports (via 9to5Mac) that Apple pushing its manufacturing partners to meet deadlines that would allow the company to launch the iPad on Steve Jobs' birthday, February 24th.
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A local Chinese-language newspaper reported Friday that iPad3 might be launched on Feb. 24 to mark the anniversary of the birth of Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs.

Citing sources close to Taiwanese makers in the iPad3 supply chain, the Economic Daily News said the gadget could be launched in mid-first quarter of next year or by the end of next March.
According to the report, workers at several iPad component suppliers as well as manufacturing partner Foxconn will have limited time off during the usual Lunar New Year holiday. The Lunar New Year holiday itself falls on January 23rd next year, with workers generally receiving a number of other days off from work around that date.




Sources have been reporting a variety of rumored dates for an iPad 3 introduction, with some claiming a debut in the March-April timeframe while others have pointed to a February launch being in the works.

Apple last year launched new MacBook Pro models on Jobs' birthday, although that unusual Thursday introduction was likely a convenient coincidence driven by the debut taking place during the Presidents Day holiday week.

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Old Dec 23, 2011, 11:21 AM   #2
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That would be a fitting tribute! But the sourcing on this rumor sounds... suspect.
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Old Dec 23, 2011, 11:21 AM   #3
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Old Dec 23, 2011, 11:24 AM   #4
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I will probably upgrade for a retina display. Everything else could be the same as the iPad 2.
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Old Dec 23, 2011, 11:24 AM   #5
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Here we go again

Here we go again. Even though I would like a smaller size iPad why not just get an iPod Touch or something? This rumor has been going on for a long time now.
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Old Dec 23, 2011, 11:24 AM   #6
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Limiting time off just to meet a deadline in memory of someone, charming.
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Old Dec 23, 2011, 11:25 AM   #7
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Very excited for the iPad 3 release :-)
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Old Dec 23, 2011, 11:26 AM   #8
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iPad 3 will be awesome.

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Old Dec 23, 2011, 11:29 AM   #9
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I can't see the biggest tech company in the world pushing a product through for something as sappy as the former CEO's birthday. Really push a product to make the holiday shopping season or something like that? Sure. But getting it out on his birthday isn't going to increase sales much (might get some more press but the iPad 3 will get tons anyway).

Steve Jobs would scoff at the idea. He told me in a dream.
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Old Dec 23, 2011, 11:29 AM   #10
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That would be great. I really can't wait for the iPad 3 with a retina display. Day 1 buy for me!
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Old Dec 23, 2011, 11:29 AM   #11
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wheres the picture of Fry from Futurama that says "take my money"

please place that here!
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Old Dec 23, 2011, 11:30 AM   #12
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I think that would be too cliched, even for Apple.
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Old Dec 23, 2011, 11:33 AM   #13
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wheres the picture of Fry from Futurama that says "take my money"

please place that here!
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Very excited for the iPad 3 release :-)
iPad 3 SJ Edition

Can't wait! But I would have rather wait for it's regular release day if SJ would still be alive.
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I think the limited time off is to keep production at high level. for the march release
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The slave workers at foxconn will be delighted to hear they are allowed to skip their new year holiday to make another idiotic capitalist deadline...
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If they can pull it off without trying too hard, why not? The man deserves countless amount of things for us to do in his memory.
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This definitely sounds too schmaltzy for Tim Cook. I could see a tribute to Steve at a Spring product announcement. But this is the same Apple that stopped doing Macworld keynotes because they didn't want to be tied to an arbitrary release date for their products.
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It *Would* Be Cool ....

I guess we'll know February 17th ....
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Old Dec 23, 2011, 11:43 AM   #21
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This may be the most absurd iPad 3 rumor yet. So very un-Apple and un-Steve like. If Apple did something so trite I would be concerned about their direction.
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Old Dec 23, 2011, 11:43 AM   #22
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I didn't think Foxconn gave thier employees any days off?!?

Will it come with a free copy of his bio?
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The instant my bank allows me to design my bank card, this will be it.
Everyone wants to do that.
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The instant my bank allows me to design my bank card, this will be it.
A great idea!

Better than an extra hour in the exercise yard at FoxCon. They probably get a hearty "Thank you for your work, now get back to it" Christmas message from their owner Mr. Warmth over the intercom.
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