Boy Genius Report had another hot scoop last night, only this one is about Apple. They're reporting that Apple are in the middle of a big push to get training materials out to Apple Stores as part of some event for the 10th anniversary of Apple's retail operation. Said anniversary happens on 19 May 2011.
BGR think this is a sign of a new product launch. I agree, but only because I know something no one else knows (at least it hasn't hit the tech blogs yet).
Apple will be at BEA 2011 . I hope you were sitting down for that; it's that important.
I don't know the last time that Apple exhibited at a trade show; they don't even go to CES. In fact, I seem to recall that they've even skipped some of their own development conferences (correct me if I'm wrong, please).
My best guess is that Apple will be there as a surprise. I don't know what it is yet, but this is trade show/conference related to ebooks, so that might give us a clue.
An Apple rep just emailed me and pointed out the corrections given to PaidContent, the first blog to pick up the story. The BEA listing for Apple has changed and no longer suggests that Apple are an exhibitor. Now the listing says that Apple will only be meeting with publishers privately.
I'd like to point out that Laura of PaidContent was told that Apple were a first time exhibitor, which she confirmed with the listing. It's not my mistake, nor hers.