Apple Could Launch iPad 3 as Early as February

Apple iPad

Apple iPad

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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