The 10th birthday of the Apple Store is scheduled for Thursday, May 19.
Apple has a party scheduled for the weekend to celebrate the anniversary, and it might have something else up its sleeve as well. According to iPodnn and Boy Genius Report, Apple has staff slated for a special overnight shift; iPodnn has heard from an unnamed source at Apple that the company is planning a “major” product launch for May 19 or sometime soon after.
The overnight shift runs from Saturday to midday Sunday and is expected to include 10 to 15 employees at each Apple Store, which will include a mix of employees: “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 Store employees working the overnight shifts will have to sign a non-disclosure agreement with Apple, and will have to submit to having their cell phones behind lock and key in the store’s offices, apparently to prevent any information leaks. The stores reportedly have received new “hardware” they’ll need to install within the stores, all of which is currently locked up and won’t be seen by anyone until Saturday night.
Also during the overnight shift, Apple Store employees will place a black curtain over the windows of the shops to prevent customers on the outside from seeing inside. Supposedly, all Apple Stores have a mandatory meeting for all employees to take place sometime on Sunday, May 22, and all employees have received a password-protected zip file from Apple that can only be accessed this weekend, once managers have received the passwords from Apple corporate.
As usual with tight-lipped Apple, we will just have to wait and see.