Apple Online Store Going Down for ‘Maintenance’ Tomorrow Morning Ahead of Rumored Product Updates

Apple has updated its System Status net web page to level that its on-line retailer will most likely be "updated and unavailable" ensuing from "maintenance" tomorrow, Tuesday, March 21, between midnight and 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time (or the equal in several time zones, much like between three:00 a.m. and eight:30 a.m. Japanese Time).

The timing of the downtime will naturally stir speculation supplied that Apple is rumored to launch new products as early as this week. Moreover, Apple typically factors press releases at eight:30 a.m. Japanese Time, which is strictly when the so-called "maintenance" substitute is scheduled to be achieved.

Ultimate week, a extensively identified evaluation company that requested confidentiality told us that, primarily based totally on their very personal sources, it expects Apple to announce new merchandise later this month, most positively all through this week.

The evaluation company did not disclose which merchandise it expects Apple to announce, nonetheless rumors have broadly suggested on the very least a trio of new iPad Pro models will most likely be unveiled as early as this month, along with an all-new 10.5-inch model with slimmer bezels and updated 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch variations.

At this stage, it stays unclear if the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is ready, which can delay its introduction until a future Spring event or WWDC 2017. Nonetheless, a press launch could possibly be acceptable for the additional iterative updates anticipated for the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch fashions, along with one other smaller bulletins.

Supplied that it is already March 20, and that Apple usually invites the media to its launch events on the very least 10 days beforehand, an substitute to its on-line retailer accompanied by a press launch might be going at this stage if new merchandise are imminent.

Japanese weblog Mac Otakara talked about Apple will host a March event to debut its new iPad Skilled lineup, an even bigger iPhone SE model with 128GB storage, new Apple Watch bands, and a purple color risk for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, nonetheless this rumor is attempting an increasing number of unlikely with solely 11 days remaining in March.

Apple simply currently redesigned its System Status page to provide additional granular particulars in regards to the statuses of its corporations, so there is no precedence for it foreshadowing new product bulletins this style. In saying that, it is positively attainable that the downtime will definitely be related to maintenance and nothing else.

(Thanks, Nathan!)