Friday, March 02, 2012

New Houston Apple Store could signal iPad 3 launch date

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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.

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