Is Apple giving us hints of a Feb. 9 date they will unveil and announce the iPad successor to the public? According to some speculations, this is exactly the case with a recent calendar image released on the second beta of iOS 4.3 to developers.
“This promotional image of a calendar icon gives the supposed launch date as Wednesday, February 9. The image on the left is that for the original iPad that Apple officially revealed to the public on Wednesday, January 27, 2010,” according to iPad.net.
Apple has a way of giving us clues about product launches and announcements ahead of time so it wouldn’t be too surprising the calendar date was put there on purpose.
” … a promo image for the iPhone 4 showed a calendar date of a Monday the 7th—prior to the device being officially announced on Monday, June 7, 2010. A similar case occurred with an image of the iPhone 3G, which left a clue that the phone would later launch on Monday, June 9, 2008.”
The date makes sense because HP will announce their own tablet that day.
“February 9 is the dates that HP is planning a webOS event where they will announce new webOS tablets that day. Since we know how much Apple enjoys raining on their rivals’ parades, the date makes perfect sense.”
Seems like we may not have to wait too long for the announcement if these rumors and clues turn out to mean something. If not, the product should launch in a matter of months anyway if we are to believe the standard Apple iDevice upgrade timeframe and the word on the street.