According to Japanese blog Macotakara, Apple will be holding an unusual event in February, ahead of the still quoted iPad3 launch in March. The special February event is stated to “not" be a product launch”.

I reported that Apple was going to hold Special Event in early February according to Asian supplier and source from united states, but this report told a half-side of truth. Apple will hold "Strange" event at February instead of Special Event.
Special Event for new products will be hold in early March and will release products during March as usual.

Naturally as we move into February and March is an inconvenient leap-year month away, iPad3 rumours will heat up, and Macotakara is never short to supply them, so naturally take this with a pinch of salt, but it would be very unusual for Apple to hold an (unusual) event and then a product launch in the next one.