Apple to launch iPad-based RetailMe?

With Apple Retail turning 10 years old this week, and rumors of top-secret Apple Store meetings scheduled for Sunday floating around, many have thought Apple is on the verge of releasing a new product or service through its stores.

According to AppleInsider, that new product is an iPad-based service named RetailMe:

In one location, nearly 40 iPads were supplied for a store with about 100 specialists. Based on those numbers, everyone working on any given day could be equipped with an iPad, perhaps in place of an iPod touch-based EasyPay terminal, which Apple stores switched to in 2009.

While there are very few details at this point, it appears that the password-protected training material retail employees were given recently may be related.

With iPad 2-equipped salespeople on the sales floor, the procedures in place at the Apple Store may become more smooth, with technical information, ordering and more all just a tap away.

Currently, Apple Store employees use iPad 2s to handle appointments for the Genius Bar and One-to-One training program, and they also use iPod touch devices equipped for check-out use.

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