updated 10:10 am EDT, Fri May 20, 2011
Other retail apps include Concierge, EasyPay
The iPads received by Apple Store workers this week have several apps loaded on them, a leak reveals. Among these are Apple Connect, Apple Directory, Concierge, RetailMe, Mobile Genius, iRepair and EasyPay, the last being notable as the same app installed on iPod touches for processing transactions. It's not known if iPads will be equipped with compatible card readers.
Screenshots have been obtained of RetailMe, which includes the Daily Download, an internal newspaper. Although the newspaper was previously available in web form, the iPad version is said to be "stylish and functional" and significantly better. Sections include the likes of "Red Zone," "Family Room," "People" and "Business."
An Apple Store source meanwhile speculates that the gigabytes of downloads stores are receiving are are actually copies of Mac OS X Lion, which will be installed "on all FOH machines for a Sunday launch." The person claims that "nothing else fits," as "all other visual content has already been pulled from the apple [sic] servers that we gather content from. Lion is the mutual feeling around the store, even from managers. Speaking of managers, they have been given a general idea about what is happening, but full details will be revealed to them on friday evening."
The suggestion may be unlikely for several reasons. Lion being in ship-ready state would be a surprise, and Apple seldom launches products on Mondays, much less Sundays. The store downloads are more likely to be previously-reported training material, which could include multimedia content.