Apple to Hold Retail Store Slumber Party Tonight in Preparation for Lion Release Tomorrow

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When the doors of Apple retail stores close tonight, some employees will be arriving for an overnight that is expected to see preparation for the launch of Mac OS X Lion tomorrow.

According to “multiple retails sources across the world,” speaking to 9to5 Mac, Apple’s retail store stock rooms are currently littered with large tubes that contain shiny new Lion posters. Each store has also received a Mac Pro, pre-installed with Lion for an “unknown purpose,” and LaCie hard drives loaded with the Lion Gold Master release — ready to be installed on each and every Mac on display in each store.

But what about hardware? Countless rumors in recent weeks have claimed an updated MacBook Air line will launch alongside the new OS, and possibly other machines as well. However, none of the information from these sources mentions the delivery of any new hardware.

But wait. Haven’t we heard all this before?

Well… yes. According to speculation earlier this month, Apple retail staff were set to hold an overnight on July 13, in preparation for Lion’s release on July 14, which obviously came and went without any sign of a launch.

Will these retail sources be more accurate this time around? Let’s see what tomorrow brings.