New York Times report claims that iOS 4.3 may be released for public on February 13th just after the arrival of Verizon iPhone 4 by 3 days. reports that Apple is planning an event for next week to introduce the iPad 2.

Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber lays out his argument that iOS 4.3 will appear within the next two weeks to provide support for in-app subscription payments for The Daily before the free two-week trial runs out.

The Daily requires a subscription – either $1 per week, or $40 per year. They’re using a new in-app subscription payment system from Apple for this – but these in-app subscription APIs aren’t in iOS 4.2. So The Daily launched today, free for a limited time. They announced at the event that this initial free two-week period was brought to us by: Verizon.

The report speculates that Apple will announce a special iOS 4.3 media event to introduce in-app subscriptions, an announcement Apple vice president Eddy Cue revealed would be coming soon during yesterday’s introduction of The Daily. A preview of the second-generation iPad could come as a “one more thing” surprise at the end of that media event.

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