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New Houston Apple Store could signal iPad 3 launch date

updated 04:50 pm EST, Thu March 1, 2012

Highland Village to open one day earlier

The planned opening of a new Houston Apple Store may indicate a launch date for the iPad 3, the Houston Chronicle reports. Apple is on the verge of opening a new outlet in the Highland Village shopping center. A source connected to the store's opening says that the outlet was originally supposed to debut in January, and later March 17th. Just a few weeks ago, though, the date was allegedly adjusted to March 16th.

Apple is known to occasionally time the opening of stores to product launches. The announcement of a new iPad is scheduled for March 7th, which would allow a launch on the 16th to parallel the timetable Apple used for the iPad 2. That tablet debuted on March 11th, nine days after it was revealed.

The Chronicle adds that work on the new store has been "proceeding at a furious pace" in recent times. On Wednesday night workers reportedly "swarmed" over the building, for example installing Italian-made floor tiles. Scaffolding has been removed from the exterior, and a black cloth is said to cover a glass front, back, and curved roof, similar in design to the Upper West Side store in New York City.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They may have realized things were coming together for the new store a little quicker than they expected and so moved the open date up by one and it may very well have nothing whatsoever to do with the iPad3 launch.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Or

    Doubtful, though. They wouldn't open the store just a measly day early just because it was ready. Plus, Apple Stores tend to open on a saturday (so they can get as many fanboys in line to make a big deal out of it).

    So, there's two options:

    1) The iPad 3 will be released the 16th, and they wanted the store to be open to mark the occasion.

    Or, and more likely:

    2) The iPad 3 will be released the 17th, and they wanted the store to be open the day before so they could get the big and exciting store opening over and done with on friday, and then on saturday deal with the next round of fanboy lines with the iPad 3 release.

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