updated 08:40 am EDT, Fri June 6, 2008
Aus Mystery Apple Boxes
Australian resellers are receiving packages from Apple they aren't allowed to open until after Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, MacTalk says. A photo of one of the alleged packages indicates that the box is under a non-disclosure agreement and that resellers are barred from opening the box until June 10th, or the same day as the Apple event after accounting for differences in time zones. An example box is relatively small and is unlikely to contain any typical computers based on early observations.
Clues as to the contents of the box are unknown, though at least one reseller speculates that it may be a single next-generation iPhone as a display sample each store, supporting rumors that the Australian launch of the handset would allow reseller sales rather than lock customers to buying from Apple or through carrier outlets. Others have suggested the boxes, if proven valid, may only contain promotional materials for whatever products Apple might unveil at its developer gathering in San Francisco.