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MacStories reports that Apple retail stores are holding all-hands employee meetings on Sunday, May 22nd. While it's not unusual for Apple to hold such meetings, the early timing of the meeting seems strange.
Store meetings at 7AM Sunday across United States. Unusual time. Expecting some announcement. All stores, brand-wide US. Don't know about other countries.
While there had previously been some speculation about some sort of 10th anniversary Apple retail event, we'd heard that this may simply be due to training.

Boy Genius Report also details some of the various measures:
- 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.


Article Link: Apple Schedules Extended Retail Meetings May 22nd
 

stridemat

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If this is legit, the 22nd should be interesting. Let the speculation begin.
 

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MacStories reports that Apple retail stores are holding all-hands employee meetings on Sunday, May 22nd. While it's not unusual for Apple to hold such meetings, the early timing of the meeting seems strange.While there had previously been some speculation about some sort of 10th anniversary Apple retail event, we'd heard that this may simply be due to training.

Boy Genius Report also details some of the various measures:


Article Link: Apple Schedules Extended Retail Meetings May 22nd


I love stuff like that.
 

arn

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Standard team meeting + Family House/FOH change. Happens usually before Summer and before Back to School.

ya, seems most likely. no real chance they are doing some major announcement on Sunday.

arn
 

andrei.barbuta

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Something big is upon us...

...now seriously, visual in-store change probably. No new products. I mean, WWDC is around the corner, wouldn't make sense.
 

Psylancer

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MobileMe revamp?

Overnight Employees to change store signage, and early morning to inform employees of the changes to features / pricing models before open?

Weird that no keynote presentation where Jobs says "Boom"
 

lovedakota

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Wouldn't it be something if this was for the release of Lion, I know they wouldn't, but I'd like to imagine :rolleyes:
 

4God

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ya, seems most likely. no real chance they are doing some major announcement on Sunday.

arn

Probably correct, but that's a lot of training info to download and a lot of hardware
for a standard spring cleaning...
 

4God

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I'm thinking (read hoping) that this could be Mobile Me revamp or even better, something related to Final Cut Pro X.
 

chriszzz

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"Store meetings at 7AM Sunday across United States. Unusual time. Expecting some announcement. All stores, brand-wide US. Don't know about other countries."

7 AM meetings are not unusual at all. Just depends on when the store decides to hold the meeting. Its either before or after work.
 

marksman

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Yes clearly this is the super secret annual back to school information. Even though school is not even out yet.
 

trifid

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Only one product can warrant that type of secretive attention... xMac!
 

zbeebs

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May 22nd? They probably just want to figure out who's missing after the Rapture the day before.
 

Tomacorno

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May 21 +1

So, since all the good employees were taken up on the 21st I think this meeting is to tell the people who are left that they are getting a pay cut for 180 days or so.
 

barkomatic

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A black curtain blocking the view of people walking by, a required NDA for employees, and mysterious hardware under lock and key.

I have no idea what this could be, but that doesn't sound like a routine preparation for a back to school event or even the launch of the macbook air--unless they've changed it in a significant way maybe.
 

joel6653

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They could be celebrating...

...the fact that the world will not have come to an end the day before, as some have predicted it will.:)
 
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