Apple iPad 3 Release Could be Escorted by iOS 5.1 March 9?

English: Apple iPad Event

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Apple is gearing up for the release of the new iOS 5.1 software update for its existing iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 3G/4G, iPad and iPad 2 sometime around the first weekend of March, just in time for the much-awaited launch of the iPad 3 (if rumors are to be believed). The news came from the blog site YourDailyMac, which had found a pointer to Friday, March 9 (09Mar2012) for a potential release of the upcoming iOS version. The date was spotted inside the new profiles published by Apple for various iPhone carrier operators, “intended for operators inJapan, France, Greece, Finland, and Sweden.”

Considering that Apple is highly rumored to launch its third generation iPad early in March, the timing would be accurate if Apple decides to match the release of iOS 5.1 with that of the iPad 3. Given that Apple is always inclined to keep major changes and new features to the main product releases, it should not come as surprise if the iPad-maker releases iOS 5.1 simultaneously with the announcement of the iPad 3. Apple released its iPad 2 on March 2 last year and the device went on sale the next Friday, March 11. Technology news Web site CNET believes that if Apple announces iOS 5.1 following the iPad 3, it “could provide that Jobsian ‘one more thing’ touch that Apple fans have been missing.”

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