Apple’s Online Store Down for Scheduled ‘Maintenance’ Break, Possibly Ahead of Product Updates

Apple's on-line retailer has been taken offline for a scheduled "maintenance" break between midnight and 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time. The extended downtime is fueling hopes that latest will in all probability be accessible when the store is launched once more on-line, as has been the case many situations beforehand.

Apple traditionally invites the media to Special Events to unveil new merchandise, nonetheless it does not have one deliberate for as we converse. Accordingly, any additions or modifications to Apple's on-line retailer as we converse are liable to be minor, and a press launch may be an relevant medium for sharing the bulletins.

Lending credence to this concept is that 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time happens to be exactly when Apple often distributes press releases.

Rumors advocate Apple is planning updated 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Skilled fashions, a 128GB iPhone SE, a crimson color risk for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and new Apple Watch bands, all of which can very effectively be minor enough to simply be added to Apple's on-line retailer and launched with press releases.

A lot much less liable to be launched as we converse is a rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro sporting slimmer bezels that allow for an edge-to-edge present, which seems too very important to be unveiled with out an Apple event. If that is the case, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro could very effectively be launched at an upcoming Spring event, WWDC 2017, or presumably even later.

One rumor said Apple would host an event in March, nonetheless that appears increasingly unlikely at this stage. Apple has however to ask the media to said event, and there are solely ten days remaining throughout the month. A subsequent report said Apple will host an event in April, coinciding with the opening of its new Apple Park campus.

Apple's on-line retailer has gone down roughly six hours before numerous its present Specific Events, whereas as we converse's maintenance break is scheduled to last 5 and a half hours. Apple said its on-line retailer will in all probability be "updated" all through this time, suggesting that a minimum of one factor new is more likely to be coming as we converse.

So-called "maintenance" truly would possibly merely be maintenance, nonetheless the standard "We've got something special in store for you" placeholder uncover on the positioning suggests one factor additional. We'll know for optimistic in solely a matter of hours, so protect checking once more.