In January, we broke the news that Apple plans to open 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 its string of “store-in-store” locations. Now, sources inside Harrods reported 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 about an iPad 3 launch date. The iPad 3 is rumored to be introduced March 7, and Apple typically launches its new products within a few weeks of the introductions. A mid-March opening for the Harrods Apple Store would likely be an opening between March 12 and March 19. Apple typically launches its cornerstone products, such as the iPad and iPhone, on Fridays. A Friday in mid-March is March 16.

Just speculating, it is possible that Apple is opening the Harrods store in conjunction with the launch of the iPad 3. Harrods, a store that sits on five acres, sees roughly 300,000 visitors on its 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 16 iPad 3 launch date would pertain to the United Kingdom only. It is difficult to assume that the U.K. and United States iPad 3 launch will occur simultaneously, because the iPad 2 launched on different dates in those two countries.

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