Japanese blog Macotakara, which has a satisfying accuracy score in the Apple rumor business, was widely quoted earlier this month on their claim that Apple’s contract manufacturers Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron Technology had issued orders to begin assembly of next-generation iPads, apparently for an early-March launch. Today, Macotakarareported that Apple will announced the iPad 3 in a media event due in March, ahead of the launch.
Previously, the blog claimed that a special Apple event to announce a brand new iPad was due in February and that the device was meant to go on sale the following month. Strangely enough, Macotakara also said it heard from sources from Apple’s supply chain that the company will indeed hold an event this month, described as “strange”.
According toMacRumors’ Arnold Kim who contacted the author of the Macotakara report, “the February event would not be a product event”.
The story confirms an earlier Bloombergreport which backed the March launch timeframe by claiming production will reach “full volumes by February”. The Bloomberg report also claimed that this next-generation iPad sports an ultra high-resolution display, quad-core processor and LTE functionality. These features were corroborated in yesterday’s BGRarticle based on screenshots of a debug tool.
Here’s your machine-translated quote from the Macotakara article:
I reported that Apple was going to hold Special Event in early February according to Asian supplier and source from united states, but this report told a half-side of truth. Apple will hold “Strange” event at February instead of Special Event.