Again, unnamed sources are pointing to 24th February as the date of iPad 3 launch. First of all, we are not even sure whether there is an iPad 3. However, these sources are close to Apple supply chain and that may make them more believable.
As Steve Jobs is no longer around, it is not hard to believe that things may change. And the date may indeed be true. According to sources, Apple has a trend to launch a product on Friday and 24th February 2012 happens to be a Friday.
And seems like activities around the period will be high for those supply chain companies. Foxconn is reported to stop anyone from taking more than 5 days leave during the CNY (Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year) period.