iPad 3 media event rumored for early February

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?