Apple to Launch iPad 3 on Steve Jobs' Birthday?

Apple is rumored to launch the next generation iPad Feb. 24, 2012, on the birthday of the late Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple, according to a report from Asian publication Focus Taiwan.

The newspaper claims this information leaked from sources close to Taiwanese makers in Apple’s supply chain. The report revealed that with the success of the iPhone 4S this year, Apple is looking to launch the iPad 3 first thing next year. Industry sources said that the first shipment of iPad 3 could exceed 4 million units.

The sources also revealed that all OEM and ODM makers have exercised great caution in ensuring the smooth operations of their production lines in order to launch the iPad 3 efficiently.

Steve Jobs introduced the original iPad on Jan. 27, 2010. In order to meet the deadline, Asian component makers and contract manufacturers are requiring employees to work during the Lunar New Year holiday.

Foxxconn, a manufacturer for Apple is reportedly asking its employees in the iPad division to only take five days off during the Lunar New Year holiday.

Other Apple devices have launched on the birthday of Steve Jobs including the Thunderbolt Macbook Pros earlier this year.

Both the iPad 3 and next generation iPhone are expected to include Apple’s new A6 chip that gives the devices quad-core processing speeds.

The iPad 3 is also expected to be compatible with 4G LTE networks upon its release.

Other rumored specifications for the next-generation iPhone include a 4-inch display, along with an aluminum backing.

Rumored specifications for the iPad 3 include a retina display and a dual-LED bar system for illuminating the new screen on the tablet.

The iPad 2 is currently the best selling tablet in the market.