In the past few months there has been a lot of speculation surrounding the release of the next iPad. There have been reports that Apple had already begun production of the device with a release early 2012, and now there is talk that the iPad 3 release date is to coincide with Steve Jobs birthday.
AppleInsider are reporting that Apple is looking to launch the next iPad on February 24, which is the birthday of former CEO Steve Jobs. The clams are coming from sources that are allegedly inside the iPad supply chain. Companies that are providing components for the new iPad are working round the clock to meet Apple’s deadline, and the launch of the iPad 3 is expected to be higher than 4 million units.
Sources are claiming that ODM and OEM makers have been careful to ensure that production lines are running smoothly. It is claimed that employees of Foxconn will only be allowed to take five days off during the Lunar New Year if they are working in the iPad division. Staff at Catcher Technology who supplies casings for the device will also be working overtime during the holiday.
There has been many rumors hinting at an early 2012 release for the iPad 3 for a while now, but until now there has been no specific date. Recently there has been talk that Apple was working on a smaller iPad to take on the likes of the Kindle Fire from Amazon.
It would be a fitting tribute if Apple were to launch the next iPad on Steve Jobs birthday, and would have been heavily involved in previous versions of the device. Do you think it would be nice for the iPad 3 to be released on Jobs birthday?