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

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    Apple has updated its System Status page to indicate that its online store will be "updated and unavailable" due to "maintenance" tomorrow, Tuesday, March 21, between 3:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

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    The timing of the downtime is notable given that Apple is rumored to launch new products as early as this week. Moreover, Apple commonly issues press releases at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time, which is exactly when the so-called "maintenance" update is scheduled to be completed.

    Last week, a well-known research firm that requested confidentiality told us that, based on their own sources, it expects Apple to announce new products later this month, most likely during this week.

    The research firm did not say which products it expects Apple to announce, but rumors have widely suggested new iPad Pro models could be unveiled as early as this month, including updated 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch models and an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, although the latter is less likely without an Apple event.

    At this point, it remains unclear if the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is even ready, so its introduction could be delayed until a future Spring event or WWDC 2017. However, a press release would be appropriate for the more iterative updates expected for the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch models, along with any other smaller announcements.

    Given that it is already March 20, and that Apple usually invites the media to its launch events at least 10 days beforehand, an update to its online store accompanied by a press release is likely at this point if new products are imminent.

    Japanese blog Mac Otakara said Apple will host a March event to debut its new iPad Pro lineup, an iPhone SE with 128GB storage, new Apple Watch bands, and a red color option for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but an event this month is looking increasingly unlikely with only 11 days remaining in March.

    Apple recently redesigned its System Status page to provide more granular details about the statuses of its services, so there is no precedence for the page foreshadowing new product announcements this way. Accordingly, it is certainly possible that the downtime will indeed be related to maintenance and nothing else.

    (Thanks, Nathan!)

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  2. Relentless Power, Mar 20, 2017
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    Perhaps the invites will be sent this week To see what this rumored 10.5 iPad has a Keynote, if it exists at all.
     
  3. jscooper22 macrumors regular

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    Crossing my fingers they will, at long last, update the headless desktops. My server room is growing cobwebs.
     
  4. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    Highly doubt we will see new products, but would love to see an updated MacBook.
     
  5. Loge macrumors 68020

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    The 10.5" iPad is most likely deferred as I expect that will merit an event. An updated iPad mini with pencil support will do nicely though :)
     
  6. nwcs macrumors 65816

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    It's undoubtedly minor spec bumps on something. Wouldn't even be surprised if it's a minor change to the 2016 MBPs.
     
  7. yaxomoxay macrumors 68000

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    Give me an Apple Pencil! (or lower its price!)
     
  8. saudor macrumors 6502

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    maybe a few $50 dongles for the upcoming imacs
     
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    Hopefully a little spec bump and lowering price of 12" MB
     
  11. navaira macrumors 68040

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    Mac Mini and Mac Pro are being removed from the online store?
     
  12. myrtlebee macrumors 68000

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    People are probably going to be disappointed. It'll be some storage increases or spec bumps only. Don't expect new products. No way the 10.5 iPad Pro is coming as that would merit an event.
     
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    And they are not comming back
     
  15. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    OR... OR... it's down for actual maintence. I seriously doubt we'll wake up with unicorns flourishing the Apple Store.
     
  16. MrGimper macrumors 68040

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    Press release = Spec bumps, new watch bands. A 10.5" iPad is a significant new device, even if it's just a size change without any of the other stuff rumoured such as reduced bezels etc etc..... as such it will have an event for sure.
     
  17. Jnesbitt82 macrumors 6502

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    I hope so. I need to order a 12.9 pro this week.
     
  18. ThisBougieLife macrumors 65816

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    What if it's a silent update to the iMac or MacBook and then they reserve the "loud update" for the iPads?
     
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    Also, anyone thinking they were going to release new iPad Pros this month is fooling themselves since they just released a whole new slew of ads for the current models.
     
  21. JeffyTheQuik macrumors 68020

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    I hope this isn't the new iPad...

    This seems kind of a small update, so maybe it's the "new low cost iPad" and the new one comes later.
     
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  23. windywalks macrumors 6502

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    You do see, that the upadte only concerns the Apple Store, right? ;)
    They wouldn't set such a long down time for the Store, if there wasn't something in the pipeline.
     

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