Apple has updated its official status page to show that its online store will be unavailable to all users, beginning tomorrow.
The scheduled downtime is due to a period of “Upcoming Maintenance,” that Apple says will take place on Tuesday, March 21 – between the hours of 7:00 AM – 12:30 PM (London).
“All users will be affected,” the company notes in its pre-warning of the maintenance period, as the firm reiterates that the online store will be “updated and unavailable during this time.”
The announcement has renewed speculation that surfaced earlier this month which suggested the company may be planning to introduce new products, as soon as this week.
… and while any major changes to Apple’s product line would likely require a media event, (like the one yet to be confirmed but said to be happening – next month), it is possible that we will see some small spec bumps to the firm’s current Mac and iPad line-ups, come Tuesday afternoon.
Ahead of today’s potential product announcements the Apple Online Store is as expected down – this morning, with the regular “We can’t wait to show you what we have in store” holding message.
Last time the store went down for a period of maintenance, it was unavailable for about 6 hours. Today’s maintenance session is expected to last a little less, at 5.5 hours.
We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for any changes … and report back, here, with anything we find.