updated 11:05 am EST, Tue February 22, 2011
iPad 2 or MacBook Pros seen as likely event focus
Apple retail workers are being asked to sign non-disclosure agreements ahead of a secret "all-hands" meeting, which should be held sometime in the next week, according to AppleInsider sources. The meeting is in fact claimed to have been planned for last week, but delayed for unknown reasons. It may be held after retail stores close on Sunday evening, a common practice in such circumstances.
The nature of the meeting and its timing may be foreshadowing an Apple press event. If an event occurs next week, invitations could go out as soon as this week, although Apple has sometimes announced presentations with only a few days' warning. What the company might reveal in the near future is uncertain.
Updated MacBook Pros are expected to debut sometime this week, with Thursday being a favored date. If so, however, any Sunday retail meeting might be unrelated. The company could therefore be preparing to reveal the second-generation iPad, which is generally expected to ship in March or April, although rumors of a delay have surfaced. Any event might also potentially offer a glimpse at iOS 5, even if the firmware would be secondary to hardware. Apple has regularly previewed new versions of iOS in March.