According to a report on 9to5 Mac today, Apple is gearing up to launch the iPad 3 as soon as February 24, 2012, to celebrate what would have been the late Steve Jobs’ birthday. The news comes via Focus Taiwan and the Chinese Economic Times newspaper, which states that Apple has this very special anniversary celebration in mind. According to the newspaper,its information comes from Taiwanese manufacturers in Apple’s supply chain, who say that the first iPad 3 shipment could break the four million unit mark. As 9to5 Mac notes, if the iPad 3 actually does go on sale on February 24, that must mean that Apple will be holding an event to launch it fairly soon. Other clues that point to a February launch are reports that Apple’s preferred iPad manufacturer, Foxconn, has told its workers that they can only have five days leave during the Lunar New Year in 2012, and case manufacture CatcherTechnology has also told its employees that they will have to do overtime during the Lunar New Year celebrations. 9to5 Mac concludes on a hopeful note by saying that Apple has a track record of releasing products on Steve Jobs’ birthday in previous years, such as the Thunderbolt MacBook Pros this year, and the new Safari 4 beta in 2009.
Source: Report claims Asian suppliers scramble to meet special iPad 3 launch date: Jobs’ Feb. 24 birthday anniversary | 9to5Mac | Apple Intelligence