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



1. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Wow this is more exciting than HONESTLY!!!

2. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Dude....stfu. Seriously, you make iOS users look stupid just about every time you post here, and it gets old dealing with the counter bullshit you start. Why even bring up Sammy at all here...just to troll?

3. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Am I the only one bothered by the iPads being referred to as iPad Pro 9.7-Inch 2 and iPad Pro 12.9-inch 2? Wouldn't iPad Pro 2 12.9" and iPad Pro 2 9.7" make a little more sense?

4. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

"Think Differently" and by that I mean painful OCD inducing product names.

9. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Isnt an A9 a step down from A9x? and its supposed to be a successor!

12. mikehunta727 unregistered

9.7 inch "iPad Pro" could be the new Mini now and not a iPad Pro. We will just have to see tommorow

19. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Maybe. Just can't see down grading the CPU. Still loving my Air 2 but wish I had the pro version. Wish they would do a mini pro.

16. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I can't understand putting a A9 inside the new 9.7 inch iPad. Since the A9 isn't as powerful as the A8X in the iPad Air 2 that means the new 9.7 iPad won't be as powerful as the last iPad released in 2014

18. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

It's called Apple raping their isheep. I mean they wouldn't sell the iphone 4 at a discount without halving the 16gb to 8gb. You don't have to understand anything as long as their sheep get raped and they make a profit.

20. whatev

Posts: 2262; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Just like Samsung with the galaxy tab s2 and the explosive note 7 ^^

21. whatev

Posts: 2262; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I mean S3

22. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Sorry broseph but the Tab S3 never downgraded anything compared to the Tab S2 for greed. Apple has done it plenty of times though. And the Note 7 was light years ahead of the Note 5, so I don't know what kind of Apple crack you are smoking but that sounds like some strong stuff.

24. whatev

Posts: 2262; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I don't know if you know the meaning of downgrade, but the A9 is by no means a downgrade, specially when the best iPad mini has the A8 which of course is no better than the A9, and if you have reading comprehension problems well that's something you need to fix, the iPad with 9,7" is going to be a budget tablet, how is that not clear to you???? That's why is going to have the A9? And for the embarrassment of Samsung, apple budget tablets are going to be more powerful than the best and latest tablet from Samsung, but as expected you are going to deny this fact as a typical blind fandroid, I just give up on you, I lost my hope on you, just stop being so annoying and check your mental health since you're obsessed with apple

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