iPad 3 Media Event Planned for Early February?

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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.

Article Link: iPad 3 Media Event Planned for Early February?
 

mattburley7

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this makes sense if they want to give developers some time to get apps retina display ready by the launch of iPad 3 and thats if the iPad 3 even has retina display.
 

dino12

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I just wish they would put the computing power of the air in an ipad and make it your all-in-one computer with the wireless keyboard and mouse. Pop your ipad air out of the dock and take your entire "Computer" with you.
 

blue22

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just a few more weeks now...

The timing actually makes sense, especially with the education-focused media event scheduled for this Thursday.
 

ChrisTX

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Don't want to jump the gun, but it would be cool if iOS 6 was also announced alongside the next iPad meaning a potential back to the summer release of the next iPhone. Either way I can't wait.
 

swarmster

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These are the rumours I like to hear, but an early February event for an early March release doesn't make any sense. A month without iPad sales? Apple has way better control over its manufacturing pipeline than that. And what if the iPad 2 is sticking around? You don't drop the price before the iPad 3 is out, so do you have a second event for that? It's just weird.

Now, a very late February event for a very early March launch I can get behind. Can't wait!
 

mattburley7

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These are the rumours I like to hear, but an early February event for an early March release doesn't make any sense. A month without iPad sales? Apple has way better control over its manufacturing pipeline than that. And what if the iPad 2 is sticking around? You don't drop the price before the iPad 3 is out, so do you have a second event for that? It's just weird.

Now, a very late February event for a very early March launch I can get behind. Can't wait!
it does make sense to have the event a month early to give developers time to develop apps for the retina display. what would you rather have? announced in late february and released in early march with no apps that are retina display quality?
 

dashiel

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I'd love a 7 inch iPad. I'd gladly send back my Kindle Fire (Jan 31st is last return date) if they'd let me know there is something else I should be spending that $200 one...
I don’t think it’s going to happen. I know people who really like the form factor, especially for use an e-reader, but the issues it introduces for apps are significant. I certainly wouldn’t relish having a third form factor to account for in development.
 

Chupa Chupa

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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).