Something very exciting must be in store for Apple fans next week. Rumors have been ripe that Apple is set on delivering a major surprise in celebration of its 10th anniversary since the first Apple Store opened. The operation has been super secretive with mandatory and highly confidential employee meetings and even black-out curtains for stores. But could all this also coincide with a huge back-to-school sale?
The iPhone NFC saga continues: while analysts suggest that the incoming iPhone 4S/iPhone 5 may not, in fact, offer the short-range wireless system, the latest rumors out of Apple's stores indicate retail locations may be getting a secret NFC upgrade. According to BGR's sources, Apple has been busily installing new hardware in its stores in overnight maintenance sessions, including what appear to be cash-wrap equipped tables with different wiring looms to what's been used until now.
Talk of an Apple 10th retail anniversary event has resurfaced, with new leaks potentially pointing to a significant product launch to mark the occasion on Thursday, May 19. Apple had been tipped to be readying a birthday celebration after news of staff holiday black-outs leaked last month; now, according to BGR's "solid" source, Apple stores have apparently "already received hardware to install" with more tipped to arrive on Friday and Saturday. Installation is expected to take place overnight on Saturday, with 10-15 staff at each store on a top-secret, NDA-protected late shift.
Waits for the iPad 2 are getting down to a reasonable timeframe now, as the Apple Store is showing 1-2 week delivery times. So it looks like the craziness surrounding the iPad 2 launch has finally started to calm down, and supply is catching up with demand. A few days after launch, shipping time was up to 3-4 weeks. The demand for the device is still high, and the iPad still predicted to be the bestselling tablet through 2015. Now, though, it may begin to be a bit easier to get your hands on one.
If you've been yearning for the new iPad 2 but feeling guilty about your gluttony since your original iPad is still working just fine, then here's a solution. Apple Stores are now accepting donations of old iPads to be given away to the Teach for America program. Now you can get the new iPad 2 and still feel good about yourself.
If you can't wait to get an iPad 2 and weren't lucky enough to nab one over the weekend, then here's some good news. There are reports that some Apple Stores will be restocking the iPad 2 today with the chance of opening one hour early tomorrow morning to make it easier for customers to pick one up.
The first official Apple Store in the UAE will open this month in Dubai. The store will be located within the Virgin Megastore in Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates and it will be fully staffed with Apple geniuses and employees and should have the look and feel of your typical Apple Store.
The next time you step inside your local Apple Store, you may experience an even more immaculate space at the already minimalist tech haven and find additional areas for personalized customer support. Inside sources quoted by The Loop, suggest that Apple Stores will be eliminating over 30 boxed games along with some hardware items from their retail shelves very soon. All this is to make more room for helping customers setup their new purchases.