iPad 3 to launch on Steve Jobs’ birthday - February 24?

iPad 3 to launch on Steve Jobs’ birthday - February 24?Citing Chinese language newspaper Economic Daily News (which in turn cites sources close to the supply chain), Focus Taiwan reports that the iPad 3 might launch on Steve Jobs’ birthday.

I half-joked a few weeks ago about a February launch for the iPad 3, and if there’s any truth in this latest rumour, it’ll launch on February 24.

The first iPad was revealed in January 2010 and released three months later, while the iPad 2 was unveiled and released in March 2011. As such, a February 2012 launch doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch.

However, in order to meet the deadline, it’s reported that employees of various iPad 3 component manufacturers have been asked to cut their Lunar New Year holidays to five days.

The big sexy feature of the iPad 3 is expected to be its display, rumoured to weigh in with a whopping 2048x1536 resolution. The first and second generation iPads had a comparatively modest 1024x768.

Economic Daily News also mentions the possibility of a Google tablet within the next six months. Well, we knew that already. Eric Schmidt told Italy’s Corriere della Sea newspaper this week: “In the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality”.

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14 comments

Treab  Dec. 24, 2011 at 14:07

jebus. will they also print a picture of steve on the back so it has 2 functions?

1) tablet comp (obviously)

2) a shrine to their cult leader?

blizzard7  Dec. 24, 2011 at 14:26

Not a big fan of 4:3 (no matter how many pixels it has), but still, I guess it'll prompt the competition to up their game.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 24, 2011 at 14:31

Tbh, I still stand by my original view that tablets are totally pointless. Yes, I bought a TouchPad but it was only 89 quid and I still rarely use it, even running Android.

Treab  Dec. 24, 2011 at 14:35

its just for your 'adult' movies hay matt?

such as hook? lion king etc?

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 24, 2011 at 14:58

The only thing I've used it for in the last month is playing GTA3 on a bigger screen than my S2.

Treab  Dec. 24, 2011 at 14:59

how is gta 3? its now on the razr so it doesnt matter which one i get ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 24, 2011 at 15:12

It takes me back to the early days of getting my PS2. I think it was one of (if not the) first game I bought :p. Basically, it's fantastic and it inspired me to buy back San Andreas and get the PS2 out of the attic haha :D.

socialjeebus  Dec. 24, 2011 at 15:13

Not arsed about Tablets either - just a bigger, more inconvenient version of my iPod touch. A Slate PC however, I'm very tempted once Windows 8 comes out.

Treab  Dec. 24, 2011 at 15:16

its only 1.99 aint it? pretty good price for a game remodelled

blizzard7  Dec. 24, 2011 at 15:21

Not arsed about Tablets either - just a bigger, more inconvenient version of my iPod touch. A Slate PC however, I'm very tempted once Windows 8 comes out.

Agreed! That 11.6" Samsung demo model looked awesome docked and is lighter and thinner than my laptop for carrying around.

jmarcelino  Dec. 24, 2011 at 16:22

Tablets are great, don't know how we spent so many years following mouse cursors around the screen and fiddling with mice to get them to work.

Computing needed a change.

jaybear88  Dec. 25, 2011 at 01:40

Tablets are great, don't know how we spent so many years following mouse cursors around the screen and fiddling with mice to get them to work.

Computing needed a change.


Haha yea, I often find it hard to work out how to use a USB port! These crazy kids nowadays with their wiffies and the likes!

jmarcelino  Dec. 26, 2011 at 16:19

Tablets are great, don't know how we spent so many years following mouse cursors around the screen and fiddling with mice to get them to work.

Computing needed a change.


Haha yea, I often find it hard to work out how to use a USB port! These crazy kids nowadays with their wiffies and the likes!


Didn't say it was easy or hard, just more fiddly and less intuitive than necessary.

As for USB you have to admit - for most uses - something like Dropbox is more convenient that going around with USB sticks.

jaybear88  Dec. 28, 2011 at 14:58

Tablets are great, don't know how we spent so many years following mouse cursors around the screen and fiddling with mice to get them to work.

Computing needed a change.


Haha yea, I often find it hard to work out how to use a USB port! These crazy kids nowadays with their wiffies and the likes!


Didn't say it was easy or hard, just more fiddly and less intuitive than necessary.

As for USB you have to admit - for most uses - something like Dropbox is more convenient that going around with USB sticks.


Dropbox is a little handier but you assume that you have constant internet access and unlimited data usage for your 3g data allowance(3's One Plan I think is the only option atm). Personally I prefer something that "just works" as applefans like to say and tablets work only in the right environment, whereas USB always does. That's ignoring the faster transfer speeds, access to all equipment (printers etc) and the additional monthly cost that can be avoided with a one off £4 usb pen. Sorry but I don't really understand why anyone wants to make more effort for less reward :S

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