When it comes to reading tea leaves, nobody does it better than the technology world, whether that be press or fans, and we have all been guilty in the past of reading far too much into something so innocuous.

Perhaps the biggest example of that is the guesswork that goes into each and every Apple event invitation. It is, in fact, Apple that is the subject of the latest bout of hopeful guesswork to go on after it updated its service status web page to reflect the fact that the Apple Online Store is set to undergo scheduled maintenance on Tuesday.

According to Apple itself, on Tuesday from 12:00 AM to 5:30 AM PT will see the Apple Online Store go offline while it is “updated.” Apple obviously does not go into any specifics about what that means, but the potential is that we will see new products as part of that update.

If you are not aware, Apple has to take its web store offline when adding new products or product pages and this has historically been a precursor to a new product announcement taking place.

To our knowledge, Apple has not pre-warned users of such an update in the past however, and the timing may feel a little odd to some when you consider the whole charade is often a great way for Apple to get everyone’s attention before a new device, or even when a refreshed one is made available for sale.

But when Apple does announce products without a media event and via a press release, it usually does it this way (without informing, of course), and around 5.30 AM PT. With recent rumors of Apple announcing updated iPads (and perhaps some Macs and other accessories) without a Spring media event this year, it all looks likely to happen sometime this week. Now whether or not it will all happen on Tuesday morning is something we will have to wait and find out. Luckily, we will know it in a few hours from now.

(Via: MacRumors)

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