iPad 3 release set for Steve Jobs’ birthday on February 24th?

Rumor has it Apple will release the iPad 3 on February 24, 2012 in honor of Steve Jobs’ birthday. Asian manufacturers are apparently working up a sweat trying to prepare the third-generation iPad for that date. If true, we’re just two months away from a shiny new iPad.

February 24th is slightly under one year after the iPad 2 was released, and the iPad 2 was released slightly under one year after the first iPad was released. The iPad 3 could be the most challenging of them all to manufacture since recent reports suggest it will have a high-resolution 2048 x 1536 retina display. Such a large display would require additional processing power (Apple A6 chip?) and would ultimately slow down production speeds, so manufacturers have a pretty demanding task ahead of them.

“Because it is a new gadget, it is taking time for makers in the supply chain to raise their yield rates,” Focus Taiwan reports. “The sources said all OEM and ODM makers have exercised great caution in ensuring the smooth operations of their production lines.”

With a third iPad already just around the corner, Apple is looking to maintain its strong lead in the tablet arena. Plus with a launch on Steve Jobs’ birthday, who was more than likely involved in the iPad 3’s development, expectations are higher than ever.

[via 9to5Mac]

  • TRDRACER21

    I THINK THERE WILL BE MORE PEOPLE ONLINE FOR A VISTA THE DAY BEFORE

  • Will there be any $199 iPad? If not, consumers will continue to buy Kindle Fire. Digitally Undivided

    • Doubtful. And keep in mind that Kindle Fire sales, though great, are still slower than iPad sales so far. 

  • CAD

    A $199 iPad would surely cannibalize their sales as well. Jobs knew what he was talking about by not wanting to make a smaller, cheaper version.

  • Can’t wait. Now I do not feel as bad about not getting the Asus Transformer Prime. Their loss will hopefully be my gain in February. My birthday is around that time in February as well.

  • Hi intomobile! I am eagerly awaiting for the ipad3 because it will be my 1st ipad. I will make a hiphop instrumental album using solely the ipad3 as my digital audio workstation. I will primarily used intua beatmaker  in my beats. I am so excited to get this iOS device.

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