Apple has asked Specialists and back-of-house workers at a Texas retail store to work late the night of June 5th, ifoAppleStore.com reports. The employees can only guess what work they will be doing. Their speculation is that they will be changing the signage or realigning the product stands ahead of WWDC.
Since the secretive activity comes just a week before the WWDC keynote, any immediate changes will be apparently related to the new products Apple is planning to unveil at this year’s conference. The work could be also connected to the company’s annual back-to-school promotion, which got off the ground on June 16th in 2011.
Even more strange claims indicate that network engineers from the Cupertino headquarters were spotted at several retail locations unannounced, bringing in a mysterious “black box.” They allegedly had back-of-house keys and access codes, as well as passwords for local servers in Apple Stores.
Retail employees were unable to see what they were doing, since those who arrived locked themselves in the server rooms to conceal their activity. According to people familiar with the visits, the black box contained large amounts of data that were transferred to local store servers.
The Cupertino representatives then left the stores without explaining the purpose of their arrival. Apple reportedly referred any managers inquiring about the unannounced visits to its retail headquarters.
This year, WWDC is expected to pack a number of important announcements. First of all, Apple will likely unveil iOS 6 and offer more details on its next-gen OS X, Mountain Lion. Besides, the company is believed to announce new MacBooks, including the ultraslim Ivy Bridge-powered MacBook Pro update.