Both Apple and News Corp have sent out invitations to an event on February 2nd where News Corp Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch will be joined by Apple iTunes, App Store, and Internet VP Eddy Cue to launch "The Daily", the long-rumored iPad-only digital newspaper.

The Daily is expected to rely on a new iTunes-based subscription service rumored to be included in iOS 4.3 firmware. Apple released the first iOS 4.3 beta back on January 12th, with beta 2 seeded to devs just a week later -- indicating Apple was on a quicker beta release schedule than normal. So with that in mind, is it possible we could see iOS 4.3 released following the event?

With The Daily now on track for an early February launch, do you think this could help get the newspaper industry back on its feet? Sound off in the comments below!

[The Loop