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Apple Retail teams around the U.S. are planning all-hands-on-deck meetings on or around June 24, AppleInsider has been informed.

Multiple people familiar with Apple's plans have indicated that some of the company's retail stores are organizing meetings for next Sunday, though some locations are reportedly considering rescheduling their meetings because of local events set to take place on the same day.

One person revealed that a flagship Apple store in Boston is looking into renting a local theater for their event, which will reportedly take place from 8-11pm Eastern and require space for more than 200 employees. According to this person, the corporate meeting would entail "a presentation utilizing a projector, audio for the presenter and also computer hookup/audio."

Insiders suggested that the likelihood that the meetings would include live video feeds from Apple's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters was low since at least one off-site event did not appear to require an Internet connection and other locations were reportedly planning to hold their meetings at a different times.

While the exact purpose of the meetings remains unclear, it's worth noting that the plans for Apple's meetings next week do not appear to have been made with the same level of secrecy usually reserved for new products and services. And it's still unclear if all of Apple's nearly 250 domestic shops are being required to hold the same type of gatherings.

When asked about possible reasons for an all-hands meeting, pundit Gary Allen of ifoAppleStore noted in an email to AppleInsider that off-site, all-hands meetings are "not common" for Apple retail teams. He did, however, speculate that the meetings might have been called to introduce retail employees to John Browett, Apple's new head of retail.

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An entrance to an Apple Retail Store Briefing Room | Photo: Edna Zhou, The Shanghaiist - China


Browett formerly served as the CEO at European retailer Dixon's and assumed his role at Apple in April. He took over for long-time retail chief Ron Johnson, who left the company last November to become the new CEO at retailer JC Penney.

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An Apple Retail Store Briefing Room | Photo: Edna Zhou, The Shanghaiist - China


Apple Retail held a series of all-hands meetings last May as part of the 10th anniversary of brick-and-mortar Apple Stores. Those meetings introduced the new "Retail 2.0" concept for the iPhone maker's outlets and led to the addition of stationary iPad units as Apple Store displays.
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Will probably be training for iOS update, no?

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Or for geniuses to help customers update to Mountain Lion and troubleshoot any issues that might occur.

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Will probably be training for iOS update, no?

Not this far out. If it's about a specific product I'd think it would be about Mountain Lion which is due out next month, but even that seems suspect since mailing info to stores with talking points and how-tos seems like a more cost effective and efficient way to inform employees.

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Or for geniuses to help customers update to Mountain Lion and troubleshoot any issues that might occur.

Geniuses go through special training is my guess.  Typically, the OS is a fairly straight forward upgrade and they typically don't find all of the issues until they come up because it is IMPOSSIBLE to test every scenario before they release a product.  They try to find as much as possible, but again, until they have the OS in the field, they can only deal with the "issues" as they come up and they usually find about them fairly quickly, which is why I wait for about a month until I get comfortable with an update.  This is for ALL of the retail store personnel.  It could be to update everyone on what is going on with the Retail Stores, it could be how to "sell" against a competing products since Android and Windows landscape is VERY confusing to figure out their respective faults, what they do/don't do, etc.  It could include some training on existing products/new products, any number of things.

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Not this far out. If it's about a specific product I'd think it would be about Mountain Lion which is due out next month, but even that seems suspect since mailing info to stores with talking points and how-tos seems like a more cost effective and efficient way to inform employees.

 

Yes, I got my release dates crossed. My error.

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My thinking is that — 

(1) Microsoft is having a "Major Announcement" on Monday.

(2) Apple knows what it is.

(3) Apple has planned out how to take the air out of Microsoft's tires.

(4) Apple is passing the message onto the troops a few days later.

(5) ?????

(6) Profit.

 

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You are all funny. Apple Retail has these meetings once a quarter; every retail store, every retail employee. There is nothing new or odd about this. They go over recent sales numbers and get everyone revved up for the next quarter (or, in this case, the summer "back-to-school" season).

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post #9 of 38

Clonenode - thank you - I was just going to reply the same thing. Routine. Sometimes they coincide with something new or interesting, but not usually.

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Apple Retail stores hold quarterly meetings. This is nothing out of the ordinary. There will be no announcements of new products or insider information, and thus no reason for the normal levels of secrecy. Furthermore those who think that employees somehow have the inside scoop on new products is deeply flawed. Apple employees are given stock options and therefore cannot also be given insider information; the SEC does not favor such things.
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You are all funny. Apple Retail has these meetings once a quarter; every retail store, every retail employee. There is nothing new or odd about this. They go over recent sales numbers and get everyone revved up for the next quarter (or, in this case, the summer "back-to-school" season).

 

True. Although the last couple from what I heard were more "rah rah, we are so awesome" forced attendance parties rather than meetings. 

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Apple employees are given stock options and therefore cannot also be given insider information; the SEC does not favor such things.

 

Executives at Cupe are given options not retail staff. If they get anything is is some kind of stock purchase plan that is allowed to pull money out pretax. 

 

but yes the bit about the SEC still stands and is still very likely a reason (among many) for why the staff aren't told squat

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sorry to burst your bubbles guys, they have a meeting like this every quarter.

 

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sorry to burst your bubbles guys, they have a meeting like this every quarter.


 

LOL, AI will print anything.

After all, they quote DigiTimes as gospel. They will requote any random skanky news source.

So gross.
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Executives at Cupe are given options not retail staff. If they get anything is is some kind of stock purchase plan that is allowed to pull money out pretax. 

 

but yes the bit about the SEC still stands and is still very likely a reason (among many) for why the staff aren't told squat


Company employees that have insider information go through lockout periods as to when they can trade stock (no matter if its stock or options given to them, or personal trading).  Most of the time, an employee with insider information will only be able to trade within a 4-6 week window every quarter.

 

For executives, they have to file special paperwork with the SEC when doing stock transactions for the company they work for.

 

Different companies handle insider information in different ways.  Some try to prevent staffers from knowing information that is considered "insider info".  Some companies just say screw it and prevent all employees from trading the stock.  It's all dependent on the company and the employees knowledge of company workings.

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Executives at Cupe are given options not retail staff.

 

 

No, senior execs are typically given RSUs, not stock options.

 

Stock options are typically given to corporate staffers, like engineers (Members of the Technical Staff) and other similarly ranked individuals (e.g., corporate marketing types). 

 

The Investopedia article on RSU taxation encapsulates the differences between RSUs and stock options: 

 

http://www.investopedia.com/articles/tax/09/restricted-stock-tax.asp

 

It's why certain Apple executives were compelled to sell off a portion of their holdings earlier this year (to cover tax liability). With stock options, the recipient has no liability until options are exercised. With RSUs, the recipient doesn't really have a choice.

 

RSUs usually are tied to some sort of performance clause. Stock options are typically granted and vested with no further review.

 

A commonplace vesting Silicon Valley stock option schedule would be 20-25% vested after one year, with another 2% every month thereafter; typically, the exercise expiration date would be ten years from the grant date. Typically (in good times), you'd be fully vested in about 5 years and then have 5 years to figure out when you wanted to exercise your option (i.e., to purchase the shares at the price in your option grant).

 

By contrast, RSUs are typically exercised with all stipulations of the grant are made, typically time/performance specific. The recipient really doesn't have the option of deferring the action. 


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My apologies. That was a poor choice of words. It's not a stock option for retail employees, but there is a stock purchase program in place where retail employees can purchase discounted stock. Under such circumstances and even without such a plan, it would be catastrophic to give thousands of retail employees information that is meant to be secret while denying such info to the general public..

Furthermore, it is absolutely the case that these meetings serve as an opportunity to encourage and excite the retail staff. Although it does create some time for training and development and the like, it is not uncommon and does in fact happen every quarter. Depending on the extent of the celebratory activities, these meetings may be in the stores themselves or out somewhere in the local communities.
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My apologies. That was a poor choice of words. It's not a stock option for retail employees, but there is a stock purchase program in place where retail employees can purchase discounted stock. Under such circumstances and even without such a plan, it would be catastrophic to give thousands of retail employees information that is meant to be secret while denying such info to the general public..
Furthermore, it is absolutely the case that these meetings serve as an opportunity to encourage and excite the retail staff. Although it does create some time for training and development and the like, it is not uncommon and does in fact happen every quarter. Depending on the extent of the celebratory activities, these meetings may be in the stores themselves or out somewhere in the local communities.

Well, yeah.

 

It is well known that Apple retail employees are given benefits commensurate with what is similarly given throughout the retail industry. ESPP is a basic benefit.

 

It is also pretty well determined that retail employees are the last to get any concrete information, based on the leakiness of the retail employee pool. That's why Apple Retail Store managers don't get to break the seals off of special correspondence until the wee hours before the announcement, yet they are told to restrict vacation time to employees and to book certain individuals for graveyard shifts before certain dates.

Apple corporate doesn't trust the retail channel to keep secrets and they are right.  


Edited by cvaldes1831 - 6/17/12 at 10:23pm
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Mamita aqui viene el iMac Retina!

 

transalation: where is my $ 3000 credit card?

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I'm sure this couldn't have anything to do with the fact the come July 1st every Apple store will have probably a thousand people a day coming it to ask where their email went...

 

Nah, never happen...

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I'm sure this couldn't have anything to do with the fact the come July 1st every Apple store will have probably a thousand people a day coming it to ask where their email went...

Nah, never happen...

Could you explain that to me? Are you saying that my @me.com email will stop working on July 1st? Considering it's the same domain used for iCloud I have a strong suspicion that will not be the case. What you're confused by is that the last paid MobileMe subscriber holdouts will be rolled into free iCloud users.

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Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time, June 24th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug
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NEW IPHONE UNVEIL THIS IS IT!!!!!!!

Yeah boy!!!
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While these meetings are regular, they also provide plausible deniability. Consider this, the latest version of OSX and iOS have been announced at WWDC which makes Apple perfectly poised for an iPhone 5 introduction timed for fall.

Also consider THIS, there were late-nights at the Apple Store one week before WWDC which were accompanied by technician visits...

then we hear about this.

Given the fact that NO modern theatre lacks projection or IT facilities, I find it interesting regarding the comment about "video" support. Perhaps they mean SATELLITE CONNECTIONS, ergo, the ability to demonstrate a smart television that can interface with multiple signal sources!

I also ponder if they may be phasing pro Mac systems into build-to-order only which would reduce the amount of retail space allocated to Pro desktop systems which just so happens to be the right amount of real estate to display a few large television sets.

By introducing television sets Apple will have transitioned to a smart electronics boutique as it extricates itself even further from pro computing and towards fashion tech for the masses. Its a major commitment and cultural shift once Apple starts selling televisions in their retail stores, and something's gotta give unless they lease larger stores.

But all things considered, between the lackadaisical pro Mac refresh and the emphasis on OSX and iOS I think this is becoming a possibility.
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Are you guys going to update as soon as ML is out?

 

isn't it "smarter" to wait for the first 10.8.1 update?

i have a 2011 macbook air i7, should i update or keep lion? every time i updated when i had a windows hp, the computer lost performance. i do not want it to happen.

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Browett formerly served as the CEO at European retailer Dixon's

Dixons? As in DSG International? As in the chain of electronics retailers who also own PC World and Currys who currently have the worst customer service imaginable?

 

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Chairs will be broken...Monkeys will dance... 

One chair will be broken, Balmer will dance for Apple.

 

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Could you explain that to me? Are you saying that my @me.com email will stop working on July 1st? Considering it's the same domain used for iCloud I have a strong suspicion that will not be the case. What you're confused by is that the last paid MobileMe subscriber holdouts will be rolled into free iCloud users.

 

I'm not saying it, it's what Apple says via email to MobileMe users who haven't made the switch to iCloud...

 

 

MobileMe ends June 30.
You must take action before June 30, 11:59 PM PDT

to keep your email working.

 

 

If you need further explanation I'd suggest stopping by the Genius Bar at your local Apple Store - Probably best to go before July 1st though...

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NEW IPHONE UNVEIL THIS IS IT!!!!!!!
Yeah boy!!!

No. lol.gif
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wrong quote

The people that tell themselves that certainly like to pretend it's the case.

And now i can't find the post that should have been quoted with that…
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The people that tell themselves that certainly like to pretend it's the case.

Sorry but i did not understand.

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Sorry but i did not understand.

lolwut? Sorry, I didn't quote your post. No idea how that showed up…
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lolwut? Sorry, I didn't quote your post. No idea how that showed up…

but now that we are at it..

can you answer?

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I'm not saying it, it's what Apple says via email to MobileMe users who haven't made the switch to iCloud...

MobileMe ends June 30.
You must take action before June 30, 11:59 PM PDT

to keep your email working.


If you need further explanation I'd suggest stopping by the Genius Bar at your local Apple Store - Probably best to go before July 1st though...

And this "action" is surely difficult to take, right? Surely it's more daunting than Thunderdome. And I assume Apple hasn't made it clear not informed users of the "action" they must take. If only Apple had given them more a year's notice or informed them through some sort of electronic mail service. But how would Apple actually do any of that?

Bottom line: Anyone who uses MobileMe mail who isn't aware of the change gets no pity and you're making this out to be bigger than it is.

PS: Remember, you said it was af act they will have athousand people per day in each store completely unaware that their MM service is ending.

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but now that we are at it..
can you answer?

BAH! Just the wrong part of that quote! I was right. lol.gif

Okay, yes, the people who like to pretend that waiting is a better idea certainly think it's a better idea, but there isn't anything wrong with getting a new release of OS X on launch day. If you have applications that you think might be questionable, hold off until you can read reports from other people about compatibility, but only hold off until that application is updated. I and millions of others have never had a problem with launch day installs.
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Wow!!! SOME of their stores could use a wrecking ball and a do over!!!

 

I'll tell you a brief story that happened to me over the weekend, then YOU decide if it's seduction or something a little more on the order of forced assault...

I set about to upgrade my mid-2009 MBP memory on Friday... I went on the Apple web site to make sure I knew what the right memories were. Although a bit more expensive than the masses (although a lot cheaper than two years ago), I identified the correct memories... Although not available in my local Apple store, it WAS 'in stock' at a retail store a few miles north of me. Trying to be a rational customer, I called Apple Care and asked them how I should approach this OR if I had to do it myself.. They assured me that not only could I pick up the memories at Apple retail store identified with them in stock, the store 'Genius Bar' would be happy to install them as well.. I thought - GREAT... So I called the store, made an appointment with the 'Genius Bar' for the next morning and went off to snooze the night away.

I arrived at the Apple retail store the next morning at the appointed time.. IMMEDIATELY, the 'Genius' told me that they would ABSOLUTELY NOT sell me the 'old' memories that they usually didn't keep around in the store (I was told the Apple web site saying they had the inventory was a fluke), but that they would ABSOLUTELY NOT install anything for an  'upgrade' on an existing product unless it was at time of purchase. (caught me a bit off guard since I had been told BY APPLE exactly the opposite). 

As I was leaving the store empty-handed, it struck me that I could order, AND PICK UP, the memories I was going to have to install myself at the store I was already in. So in the front of the store, I whipped out my MBP, ordered the memory that the web site said was "In stock" at the retail store I was in, for in-store pickup. I waited ten minutes and went back to the same "Genius Bar' that I was basically kicked out of, and with a much nicer store assistant, picked up my memory (IN AN APPLE BOX WITH MY NAME ON IT) at the same "Genius Bar'. The 'Genius' that all but told me to get out of his store watched as the transaction went down with a look of disdain on his face. I guess it was overkill for me to 'flash' the memory box, IN AN APPLE BOX WITH MY NAME ON IT, at the 'Genius' as I left.

Installing the memory in the 'old' (early Jan. 2012 and BEFORE) is rather easy. Although getting the impossibly small phillips screws out of the bottom is a challenge. AND, finding the correct, #00 Phillips, to actually take the screws OUT! But I did the memory upgrade AND found the tool at Home Depot... $2.11 including California Sales Tax....

Ahh the perils of being an Apple Fan boy sometimes are trying...

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can confirm that this event is indeed scheduled July 23–27, 2012 

 

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Apple corporate doesn't trust the retail channel to keep secrets and they are right.  

 

Basic "need to know" policy. The fewer people that know a secret, the easier it is to keep it.

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Here is an interesting pattern some might want to note.
 
Apple "all hands meeting" sometime between Feb22-Feb25
Ipad 3 launch date March 7th. 
 
Apple "all hands meeting" May 22nd.  
rMBP launch date June 11th.
 
Apple "all hands meeting" June 24th
iMac launch date ??July??(with or prior to an already announced OS update)
 
All this talk of "apple doesn't hold all hands meeting prior to product launch" is complete bologna. 
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