FaceTime, Camera and PhotoBooth apps aren’t the only thing the new preview image of the iPad in iOS 4.3 Beta 2 is giving away; the thumbnail has also prompted speculation that Apple could officially announce the second-generation tablet on February 9 2011. Eagle-eyed Florian Schimanke spotted that the calendar icon in the new graphic shows February 9; all well and good, until you remember that the previous graphic showed January 27, the date the first iPad was officially unveiled.
If true, that would put the iPad 2 announcement straight up against HP’s webOS event on the same day, and the company is strongly suspected to be bringing along webOS tablets to take on Apple’s slate. Of course, this could just be a generic screenshot and nothing quite so loaded, but we’ll have to wait a couple of weeks to see if Apple fires out invitations.
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