Apple Store Down At 3am Eastern: New Apple Products Confirmed

Posted: Mar 21 2017, 9:24am CDT | by , Updated: Mar 21 2017, 9:42am CDT, in News | Apple

Apple Store Down at 3am Eastern: New Apple Products Confirmed
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There is a good chance that Apple fans will wake up to new Apple gear Tuesday morning.

Apple is now letting everybody know when the Apple Store goes down for maintenance ahead of time. The Apple System Status page shows besides the current status of a service also upcoming maintenance.

This is a new feature. Before the Apple Store just went down, without notice. The Apple Online Store will shut down at 3am ET and will open again at 8:30am ET.


9:00am ET: Apple announced a slew of new products on March 21. The list of new Apple products include iPhone 7 Product (RED), 9.7-inch iPad, iPhone SE and the Clips app. Apple did not introduce new iPad Pro models today. See the details of the new Apple products in our round-up.

3:35am ET: The Apple Store is down, 35 minutes after the announced time. Apple confirms that there will be something new in the store when it reopens. The message on the online Apple Store reads: "We've got something special in store for you." Star to get excited. As outlined below, the most likely new releases are updated iPad Pro tablets.

Something New

3:30am ET: The Apple Store is still up 30 minutes after the announced start time. The given time appears to be a maintenance window and not reflecting the actual down time of the online Apple Store.

There is a good chance that Apple will release new products once the Apple online store is back.

The rumor mill favors new variants of the iPad Pro. The new iPad Pro line-up will add a 10.5-inch version. The iPad Pro 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch will get an update. This is the most likely new product launch on March 21.

Also in the running are a new iPad Air, iPad mini and iPhone SE models. Apple is unlikely introducing new computers today including the highly anticipated 2017 iMac. A new iMac would requires a media event. At least we hope it does.

Apple has not yet launched new products in 2017. There are many new updates expected this year including a 2017 iPhone SE, 2017 MacBook Pro, 2017 Mac Mini, 2017 Mac Pro, 2017 Apple Watch (Apple Watch 3), 2017 iPad Air, 2017 iPad mini and of course the 10th anniversary iPhone 8.

If there are new products this morning in the Apple Store, expect to see a press-release. We will update this report with new developments, as soon as they happen.

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