Rumor: Apple's 10th anniversary retail store launch to have special event?

On May 19, 2001, Apple officially launched its first retail store (actually it launched two stores on that day; one in Tysons Corner, Virginia and the other in Glendale, California). Now rumors are flying that for the 10th anniversary of that launch Apple is preparing some special stuff to celebrate that event. Boy Genus Report, reporting via unnamed sources, has the details which have yet to be confirmed by Apple.

According to the site all Apple stores have received some kind of hardware with more coming on Friday and Saturday. Furthermore some Apple store employees will be working late Saturday night through mid-Sunday and that during that time black curtains will be put in place over all of the stores' windows so that folks who happen to be walking past won't be able to see what's going on inside.

Apple Store employees will have special meetings planned for Sunday morning, according to the report's sources. Finally the story claims, "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."

So what in the wide, wide world of sports is going on? Is Apple prepping for a major product launch that until now has gone unnoticed by even the deepest and darkest sources of Apple rumor news sites? Is all of  this just preparation for a major Apple product sale to celebrate the Apple Store's 10th anniversary? Or is it something else entirely?

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I may have to determine if its worth my time to wait in line... Good thing I work at a mall with an apple store.

lunarworks said,
I'd like to get excited, but it's probably something like new furniture.

life changing announcement! new furniture!

This is the way it is supposed to be... NOT LEAKED and SPOILED... This is how people get excited. I bet by Saturday, whatever it is will be known because some brat broke the rules.

chorpeac said,
This is the way it is supposed to be... NOT LEAKED and SPOILED... This is how people get excited. I bet by Saturday, whatever it is will be known because some brat broke the rules.

This.

I'm actually tempted to go to our mall and see what, if anything, may be going on. I'm kinda looking forward to all this now.

We have just received some information from a solid Apple source, and if they're right, Apple may be planning something big for its 10th retail anniversary this Thursday the 19th. Here's what we've been told:

* 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.


The question is, what is Apple planning?

Wow !! I am no Apple fan, but I'm kind of excited !