Apple Online Store will be offline tonight as it is 'being updated'

If this occurs, the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro could replace the iPad Air 2 as the entry-level 9.7-inch tablet in Apple's lineup. Earlier, the timetable was set for May-June to release it in the yearly event. Last month, Japanese blog Macotakara claimed Apple has four new machines in the works, measuring in at 12.9, 10.5, 9.7 and 7.9 inches.

We've been hearing rumors swirling about some kind of Apple product launch this spring, but event invites are still nowhere to be seen.

The US technology company is expected to launch an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model, with a svelte edge-to-edge display, as well as an updated 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Apple has not yet made an official announcement about the 2017 iPad Pro 2 release date.

Apple always pulls down the online Apple Store ahead of an event. Previous rumors have heavily emphasized that at least three new iPad models will be unveiled this month.

They said they were "certain" that the release of the large-size tablets "would not come until May of June".

Apple also lists Photo Print Products are also scheduled for maintenance at the same time, which could mean that they'll be updating the infrastructure for that or suggest that this maintenance is not related to new products.

Most recently, a report suggested that the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models will be upgraded this year with under-the-hood speed enhancements.

The device is expected to feature a almost bezel-less design, which means despite having a larger screen, it will be the same physical footprint as the 9.7-inch iPad model. As to pricing, the 10.5-inch variant may take the $599 slot for a new report say that the 9.7-inch will be scaled down to $499 to make room for the new form factor, according to Forbes.

We reached out to Apple for comment about the site maintenance, and will update the story upon receiving a response. Even Apple Inc.'s (NASDAQ:AAPL) popular iPad lineup has not been spared, as the Cupertino giant's tablet range fails to keep up with the increasing popularity of phablet devices.

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