It is increasingly looking like the huge event Apple has in store for May 22nd isn’t a new product launch, but instead the unveiling of what is being christened Apple Store 2.0… an all new and improved retail experience which could also debut NFC-based payments, and possibly a surprise from Square.
According to a new report by Apple Insider, Apple Store staff will be shifting over to using the iPad in addition (or even replacing) the existing iPod Touch based Easy-Pay terminal. These iPads will be loaded with new RetailMe software, which will allow Apple staff to easily access product information and training materials on the go.
Even more details of the revamp include new “Startup Session” areas for personal Mac and setup, iPads functioning as product signs, information next to display machines and a new visual displays and sound systems.
In other words, it’s looking increasingly likely that whatever is happening this weekend, it’s just going to make the Apple Store better. That’s laudable, but those of us expecting orgies of new products and special discounts might be a little disappointed.