If a recent report from a Taiwanese newspaper is to be believed, the highly-awaited Apple iPad 3 could arrive on Feb. 24. The date has been chosen to honor the company's late co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer, Steve Jobs, who died on Oct. 5. Jobs was born on Feb. 24.

The unnamed source apparently also said the iPad division of Hon Hai Precision Industry is expected to be allowed as little as five days of leave during the Chinese New Year season, next month, to help meet delivery targets. This is significant because in China most industries usually take at least two weeks of leave during this season.

The new tablet, whose first shipment is expected to exceed 4 million units, is expected to arrive in the markets sometime between mid-February and late March, if additional sources, speaking to Economic Daily News are to be believed.

Additionally, it seems that four other manufacturers - Simplo Technology (battery-makers), Genius Electrical Optical (optical lens-suppliers), Amer International Group (connector makers) and Catcher Technology (casing producers) - will be asking employees to work during the holiday period as well, according to a Todayonline.com report.