Apple has reportedly informed service providers that they have planned some sort of “AppleCare-related changes” next Tuesday, December 8th. It is not explicitly clear what this could mean, but history suggests that it may relate to some kind of new hardware message – or nothing at all.
MacRumors has received an internal memo from a “trusted source” describing that service provider technicians should “prepare for new product SKUs, new / updated product descriptions, and new / updated product prices.” The memo says the changes are scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
According to the report, Apple has issued “almost identical notes”
The report speculates:
While Apple is unlikely to host a new event this year, Pacific Time 5:30 a.m. has been a typical time for Apple to release press releases introducing new products, such as a new 13-inch MacBook Pro in May 2020, 16-inch MacBook Pro in November 2019, and second-generation AirPods in March 2019.
Given that changes are expected in AppleCare, it is likely that product (s) announced next Tuesday will have AppleCare + coverage available, so we can look at new hardware.
There are several Apple products still rumored to be in the pipeline, including AirPods Studio, AirTags and a new Apple TV. All these products can theoretically be announced via a press release next Tuesday. Furthermore, reliable Twitter leak L0vetodream has indicated that Apple still has a “Christmas surprise” this year.
9to5Mac recently found more evidence on AirPods Studio and AirTags in a recent beta of iOS 14.3. In fact, iOS 14.3 includes support for AirTag trackers as well as third-party tracking equipment.
However, there is no guarantee that this note is related to a hardware message at all. It could be that Apple is simply planning some minor AppleCare changes, a new accessory of some kind, or something completely unrelated that is actually not even announced.
It will be interesting to see what comes out of this rumor. Do you have any guesses? Let us know in the comments!
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