According to Focus Taiwan, that also cited a local report in the Chinese Economic Times newspaper, Apple is shooting to launch iPad 3 on Steve Jobs’ birthday anniversary Feb. 24.
The newspaper based their report on sources close to Taiwanese makers in Apple’s supply chain:
After the iPhone 4S successfully took the tech market by storm, the iPad3 is widely expected to be Apple’s first hit product to be released next year. Industry sources said the first shipment of the iPad3 could exceed 4 million units. Because it is a new gadget, it is taking time for makers in the supply chain to raise their yield rates. The sources said all OEM and ODM makers have exercised great caution in ensuring the smooth operations of their production lines.
The sources say that employees at a number of companies known or believed to be working on the iPad 3 have been told to expect a heavy workload around the Lunar New Year. Apple manufacturer Foxconn reportedly isn’t allowing employees to take any more than five days off during the holiday. The word is that the iPad 3′s initial shipment “could exceed 4 million units”.
Meanwhile, another upcoming release we are going to see from Apple next year is the much talked about iPhone 5 which rumored to be release on Oct. 5, 2012, to commemorate the first death anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death.
“Sensational News Or Just Rumor?” asks the candidly insincere headline at something called the Apple Biter’s Blog at iPhone5Reviewed.com.
“It could very well be that the iPhone 5 will be released on October 5, 2012, if sources close to Apple are right about the rumors that the iPhone 5 will be released on the first anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death, to pay homage to the inventor of the iPhone,” the anonymous post proclaims, without even a hint as to who the sources might be. Not even “sources in Apple’s Asian supply chain”.
The post is built on a solid foundation of other rumors, such as the rumor that Apple co-founder and longtime CEO Steve Jobs wasn’t really interested in the iPhone 4S and instead devoted himself to the radically redesigned iPhone 5.
The iPhone 4S was announced Oct. 4, 2011; Jobs died the following day.
“We find these rumors to be very valid, for the simple fact that Steve Jobs gave utmost importance to the design of Apple products,” the post announces, reassuringly. “Considering that Jobs put so much effort into the iPhone 5, it will only be befitting for Apple to release the iPhone 5 on the first anniversary of Jobs’ death….”
In that case, it’s probably only befitting to not expect a white iPhone 5.
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