In January, we broke the news that Apple is planning to open up a retail store inside of London’s world-famous Harrods department store. Harrods is a premier landmark with hundreds of individual shops and sections within the greater structure. The flurry of high-end brands within Harrods makes the store a logical spot for Apple to continue their string of “store-in-store” locations. Now, sources inside Harrods are reporting that Harrods and Apple plan to open the new store in mid-March.
Naturally, a mid-March opening for the Harrods Apple Store brings up speculation regarding an iPad 3 launch date. The iPad 3 is rumored it be introduced on March 7th, and Apple typically launches their new products within a few weeks of the introductions. A mid-March opening for the Harrods Apple Store would likely be an opening between Monday, March 12 and Monday, March 19. Apple typically launches their cornerstone products, such as the iPad and iPhone, on Fridays. A Friday in mid-March would be March 16th.
Speculating, it is possible that Apple is opening up their Harrods store in conjunction with the launch of the iPad 3. Harrods, a store that sits on five acres, sees as many as 300,000 visitors on their busiest days. What better place to have an iPad 3 launch day than a high-end department store with hundreds of thousands of visitors? Of course, this completely speculated March 16th iPad 3 launch date would pertain to the United Kingdom only. It’s difficult to assume that the U.K. and U.S. iPad 3 launch will occur simultaneously as the iPad 2 launched on different dates in those two countries.