Apple Store shutdown hints at new product announcements tomorrow

Exactly one week ago today, we told you that Apple could be planning a subtle release of its new Apple iPad Pro tablets this week. Today, Apple pretty much confirmed that it will be unveiling new products as soon as tomorrow morning. Apple's System Status reveals that the Apple Store will be closed for maintenance on Tuesday, March 21st, from 3:00am to 8:30am Eastern Time. During those hours, "the Apple Store will be updated and unavailable."

Apple traditionally has closed the Apple Store on the day of new product announcements, and tomorrow's five and a half hour shutdown dovetails perfectly with earlier rumors calling for the imminent release of the Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch 2, the Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch 2, the Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch, and the Apple iPad Mini Pro. Apple has been detected testing four new iPad models in the areas surrounding San Francisco and Cupertino.

The iPad Pro 12.9-inch 2 and the iPad 10.5-inch 2 models are rumored to be powered by the A10X chipset. The A9 chip that powers the Apple iPhone 6s will reportedly be found under the hood of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro sequel. The new 10.5-inch Apple iPad Pro is said to sport a new design with thinner side bezels. This model may not be unveiled until next month according to a recent report.

Besides new slates, there has been talk that Apple will soon announce a 128GB Apple iPhone SE, and a red-hued Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus. The odds favor new product announcements from Apple, possibly as soon as tomorrow morning. Feel free to check in often for the latest on this developing story!

source: Apple via AppleInsider


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