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By Jason Snell

Is Apple releasing new products Tuesday?

So, new Apple products tomorrow, released via press release rather than media event?

MacRumors reported last week that new products could arrive this week. 9to5 Mac points out that the Apple Store will be down early tomorrow morning.

John Gruber speculates that a 10.5-inch iPad isn’t coming soon, but thinks small updates to the existing iPad line (which hasn’t been updated in a year) could be coming. Federico Viticci says that makes sense.

It would be interesting for Apple to release updated iPads without an event, but if this is a specs update and there’s no entirely new product like that rumored 10.5-inch iPad, update via press release seems perfectly reasonable.

Will there be an iMac update, too? It’s past due, so it’s possible—especially if it’s also just a minor spec increase with nothing new beyond faster processors. Apple’s media events are a good way for the company to tell its story when it’s got something big to unveil, but people will pay attention to any new product Apple introduces, whether or not there’s an auditorium and a live video stream involved.

Then again, maybe someone just needs to change the oil in the WebObjects server that runs the Apple Online Store, and that’s why it’s going to be offline tomorrow for a few hours. We’ll find out soon.

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