Apple is celebrating 10 years since its first of 300 retails stores were launched, and details about a 2.0 revamp are slipping out, with the iPad taking center stage, according to developments tipped by 9 To 5 Mac and AppleInsider.
One of the major changes tipped for Apple Stores this weekend is prominent use of the iPad. 9 To 5 Mac reports that paper signs used to display info on products will be replaced with iPads, showcasing product features to customers. AppleInsider chimes in with more iPad use by store employees instead of the iPod touch-based payment terminals, as well as with an iPad version of Apple's own retail software, RetailMe, with product information and training videos.
For store visitors, Apple is also said to release a new iOS app this weekend. The app would allow users to walk into a store and book a meeting at the Genius Bar after automatically detecting the store you walked in to. In addition, Apple stores are slated to dedicate floor space for "Startup Sessions," a personal setup service for novice customers.
Apple has more than 300 stores worldwide, 236 of which are in the United States, generating around $3.9 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2010.