Rumor: Apple memorandum to service providers suggests potential new hardware announcement next week

Apple has reportedly informed service providers that it has some sort of “AppleCare-related changes” for next Tuesday, December 8. It’s not clear exactly what this could mean, but history suggests that it may be related to some kind of new hardware announcement – or nothing at all.

MacRumors An internal memo has been received from “Reliable Sources”, which service provider technicians should “prepare for new product SKUs, new / updated product descriptions and new / updated product pricing.” The memorandum states that the changes are planned to be made on Tuesday, December 8 at approximately 5:30 pm Pacific Time.

Reportedly, Apple has issued “almost identical memoranda” to service providers prior to previous product announcements. For example, Apple on October 13 sent a memo technician at 10 am Pacific Time to prepare for a similar change, which occurred when Apple held its 12th event.

The report estimated:

While it is unlikely that Apple will host another event this year, 5:30 pm Pacific time has been a normal time for Apple to issue a press release to introduce new products, such as a new 13-inch MacBook Pro in May 2020, 16-March 2019 MacBook Pro, and second-generation AirPods in March 2019.

Given that AppleCare changes are expected, there is a possibility that AppleCare + coverage will be available in any product (Apple) announced next Tuesday, so we can look at the new hardware.

Several Apple products are still rumored to be in the pipeline, including AirPods Studio, AirTags and a new Apple TV. All of these products could theoretically be announced via a press release next Tuesday. In addition, reliable Twitter leaker L0vetodream suggested that Apple still has a “Christmas surprise” this year.

9to5Mac More evidence of AirPods Studio and AirTags has been found in the recent iOS 14.3 beta release. In fact, iOS 14.3 includes support for AirTag trackers as well as third-party tracking accessories.

But there is no guarantee that this memo is related to a hardware announcement. It could be that Apple is simply planning some minor AppleCare changes, a new accessory of some sort, or something completely unrelated that has not even been actually made public.

It will be interesting to see what, if anything, comes out of this rumor. Do you have any idea Tell us in the comments!

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