Apple Planning To Launch Something BIG To Celebrate 10th Anniversary Of Its Retail Stores?

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BGR has just reported that Apple is planning to launch something BIG to celebrate 10th anniversary of its retail stores.

According BGR, Apple may be planning a big product launch. They’ve received the following details from a “solid Apple source”:

  • There’s an overnight shift planned for around 10-15 individuals at each Apple Store to work from late Saturday all the way through mid-Sunday.
  • During the overnight shift, it’s going to be required that employees lock cell phones in the main office. They will also have to sign an NDA with Apple.
  • There are a wide variety of roles, we’re told, for the overnight shift. This includes all visuals staff, a manager, a business team member, a few Genius team members, one back-of-house employee, and a few generic Apple specialists.
  • Apple stores have apparently already received hardware to install, and are expecting more hardware to come on Friday or Saturday. All materials that Apple stores have received have been instructed to be under lock and key until after close on Saturday night.
  • Apple employees will be putting up black curtains at all stores so that people walking outside cannot see inside.
  • Employees have had to download gigabytes of data from Apple corporate labeled, “training” in a password-protected zipped folder that won’t accessible to managers or anyone else until Saturday afternoon.
  • Lastly, all Apple retail stores have mandatory meetings on Sunday, May 22nd. Most meeting are scheduled for the morning, but there are evening meetings as well.

Apple has already launched iPad 2, new MacBook Pros and iMacs this year. It’s too early to launch the next generation iPhone and iPod Touch. It also seems unlikely that Apple will launch products like the rumored cloud-based service directly at Apple’s retail stores. So it will be interesting to see what Apple is planning to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their hugely successful retail stores.

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Any guesses on what Apple maybe planning?

[via BGR]