Two comments, as a MacHeist veteran:
1.The likelihood of Apple being a part of this would be astonishingly unlikely. There's too much controversy (albeit, unfounded) surrounding MH for Apple to "officially" endorse it. Apple plays it too safe when it comes to affiliations.
2. The heist NEVER begins on the night it's announced. It can even take up to a week for the actual launch. They need time to build buzz and make sure the largest amount of people participate. So keep a close eye on the front page, but don't bother hitting reload every 30 seconds. It will be a while before this kicks off.
Of course, I could be wrong on both counts. MH is all about surprises, but my money is on those two things being true.
Diane, this case gives me a strange feeling... this is one of Cole's blue rose cases.