iPad 3 media event rumored for early February

Summary:Tomorrow's iPad textbook event hasn't even happened yet and its already time to look ahead to the next announcement, which could debut the iPad 3 -- as soon as early February.

iPad 3 replacement parts - Jason O'Grady

Wednesday's Apple educational event isn't until tomorrow but we're already hearing word that an iPad 3 and iOS 5.1 event could be in the wings.

Japanese blog Macotakara is reporting that Apple is planning an event in early February to introduce the iPad 3 -- and possibly iOS 5.1 -- for a March launch.

The reference (courtesy of MacRumors) is suitably vague:

According to asian supplier and a source in United States, Apple seems to prepare to hold Special Event in early February. Because Chinese factory will be in holiday of New Year, then [sic] new product is concidered to be released in early March.

While Apple is due to announce a new Mac Pro and MacBook Pro in the not-too-distant future, Macotakara reported last week that Apple's manufacturing partners (Foxconn and Pegatron) have already begun production on the next-generation iPad.

Bloomberg backed up the iPad 3 story (via three sources) two days later claiming that it will ship with a quad-core processor, retina display and an LTE radio capable of 4G data speeds.

Macotakara also posted a video that purports to show several iPad 3 replacement parts:

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Assuming that the report pans out, will you be buying?

Topics: iPad, Mobility

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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