Rumored Houston Retail Store Grand Opening Sparks Speculation of iPad 3 Launch on March 16

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The Houston Chronicle reports that Apple's forthcoming Highland Village retail store will be opening on Friday, March 16. According to the report's source, the store was originally scheduled to open in January, but delays in the construction schedule pushed the opening back to Saturday, March 17. But just weeks ago the opening was bumped up by a day to March 16, sparking speculation that the company is seeking to have the store open for an iPad 3 launch on that day.
    Apple retail store grand openings for the public typically take place on Saturdays, although they are occasionally held on different days of the week when special circumstances dictate.

    An iPad 3 launch on March 16 would line up nicely with Apple's media event scheduled for next Wednesday, March 7, putting the launch nine days after the event. The exact same timing occurred last year with the iPad 2 being introduced on March 2 and debuting at 5:00 PM local time on March 11. Pre-orders were not available for the iPad 2, leaving those looking to get their hands on the device as soon as possible to line up for the limited launch stock.


    Photo by Dwight Silverman / Houston Chronicle
    The Highland Village store is among the first of Apple's retail stores to be based on a prototype design from the company's Upper West Side store in Manhattan. Similar designs are in the works in Santa Monica and Palo Alto. Utilizing an all-glass roof and entrances at front and back, the Highland Village store will be the first of the Houston area's seven Apple retail stores to be located outside of a shopping mall.

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  2. macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    A brand new store with a brand new staff, and Apple wants to dump a new product release on them the first day?

    Glad I don't work for Apple.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Jan 29, 2009
    Stillwater, OK
    As an architecture student I find the apple store extremely well designed
  4. macrumors regular


    Mar 3, 2009
    The grand opening and launch of the iPad 3... Can this new store handle it... :D
  5. macrumors 603


    Oct 5, 2008
    Maybe I misread it. But if I am understanding this correctly, people think the iPad 3 is coming out on March 16th because ONE store launch date got moved from the 17th to 16th?

  6. macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2012
  7. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Every since the March 7 announcement became unofficially official, i.e., it had Jim Dalrymple's imprimatur, my hunch has always been on sale date would be the 16th. This almost confirms it for me.
  8. macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2012
    Just curious...Smarter to launch a new product on weekend or last day of working week? Does it matter?
  9. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    Apple likes to launch products on Friday + 2 days notice too short = the 16th. They typically do a 5-14 day window, so this date shouldn't surprise anyone.
  10. macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2012
    Seems very likely. If the iPad 2 launched nine days after the announcement last year, and this store opening has been bumped up to fit that timeframe... well, it's very possible.
  11. macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2010
    I work 5 minutes from this new store!!!:D

    Go Houston TEXANS!!
  12. macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Here's how it's gonna go down.

    March 7th Keynote--

    Apple introduces the new Apple TV,IOS 5.1 and the iPad 3

    The Apple TV can be ordered same day. IOS 5.1 is released.

    Pre-Orders for the iPad 3 start March 9th at Midnight with delivery March 16th.

    So we had better be sitting in front of the screen midnight March 9th because these are gonna go fast.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2003
    so cal
    Could we have more "rumors" stories on Apple store openings, please. I just can't get enough.

    And no, the opening date of this one store has nothing to do with the iPad3 availability date.
  14. macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2010
    Carnegie and Ontario
    Not completely ridiculous. Nine day's difference is one less than the 4S keynote to launch.

    I doubt iOS 5.1 would be released the same day. Us developers haven't even seen a Golden Master yet. Then again, we could see a GM this weekend, which would give us almost two weeks to finalize our apps for submission.
  15. macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2008
    Apple could release a pencil sharpener and there would be a line outside every Apple Store...

    ...good lord, what has Apple turned us all into?? :eek:
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2010
    And people would start using pencils again ... saying they are so "Retina" :D
  17. macrumors 68040

    Lesser Evets

    Jan 7, 2006
    This is a hilarious story.

    Yes... Apple is waiting for ONE store. In Houston. Yeah. Hold on world, investors, Wall Street, employees, Chinese manufacturers: we have to wait for someone to install wood floors in Houston.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2010
    I want to order at midnight 8th of March. I couldn't care less about a new store...
  19. macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2009
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    You didnt read it right. Apple isnt waiyin for this store to release the ipad 3. The store is going to open a day early for the ipad3
  20. macrumors 68000


    May 28, 2008
    Ok so they are opening a new store inside the loop where it is a congested area already with very limited parking, if any at times. Ok...
  21. macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2005
    Makes no sense, why on earth would you want to open a store on the day of a highly-anticipated product launch? Seems like a recipe for disaster.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2012
    So true.

    Houston isn't exactly a hub of innovation. Plus, I live right across from the Moscone Center in SF and I've seen a fair number of Apple infantry here already.
  23. macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2012
    Austin, Texas
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    I know where I won't be going to buy my iPad 3. :( Also, is it just me, or is The Galleria Apple Store too small?
  24. macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    The GM has been on the back burner for almost two months. Since the last seed. There's nothing in the GM that devs need to submit their apps.
  25. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    This is about them moving the store's opening date, not changing the launch date for this store.

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