Will Apple Announce iPad 3 on Feb. 24th, Steve Jobs’ Birthday?

According to FocusTaiwan, Apple is pushing its partners in iPad manufacturing to meet deadlines that will allow for the next generation iPad to debut on February 24th, in honor of Steve Jobs’ birthday.

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.

This report also mentions that certain Foxconn employees will not have the Lunar New Year holiday off as they usually do, but instead will be working overtime to get this request by Apple completed. A few additional suppliers are also requiring employees to work overtime, according to FocusTaiwan’s report.

Other rumors and reports claim that the iPad 3 will launch sometime between March and April, however none of the sources are very credible thus far.

Last year, Apple launched a new line of MacBook Pro models on February 24th. The same could be expected of them this year if this report is correct. Please remember that it’s just a report and will not be proven to be true until the 24th actually arrives.

[FocusTaiwan via 9to5Mac]

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