Apple Could Launch iPad 3 as Early as February

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The latest generation of the tablet could hit stores just before Feb. 24, which would have been founder Steve Jobs' 57th birthday.

NEW YORK - Apple could launch the third generation of its iPad as early as February - sooner than expected, the New York Post said, citing reports.

The iPad 3 could hit stores on Feb. 23, a day before what would have been founder Steve Jobs’ 57th birthday, it said. Previously, observers have suggested a March or April introduction.

The new iPad will feature a so-called “Retina Display” with twice the resolution of current models of the tablet, the Post cited Citigroup analyst Richard Gardner as saying in a research report.

The paper mentioned though that some observers have suggested the iPad 3’s could be delayed. Instead, Apple could in the spring introduce a “Mini iPad” as an initial response to Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet that hit stores last month.

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