Apple is about to launch three all-new iPad models today, reports suggest

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As any good Apple fan knows, one of the key signs that new hardware is inbound is that the Apple Store goes down ‘for maintenance’.

And after weeks of rumours that Apple is about to launch new iPads this week, lo and behold – the Apple Store is down for lengthy maintenance.

To make the rumour mill spin even faster, it’s coming back up at 8.30AM Pacific Time – exactly when Apple normally does press releases.

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Apple’s System Status page says that the Apple Online store ‘will be updated and unavailable’ between 10am and 3.30pm UK time.

Rumours suggested that Apple could be about to launch three hi-tech ‘laptop replacement’ iPads next week – with new 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.

One of the gadgets could be the first i-device without the iconic round ‘unlock’ button on the front – and the gadgets are expected to be slimmer versions of the current iPad Pro line.

The additional space will make room for more sreen, with the tablet expected to be the same size as the current 9.7in iPad Pro.

The move could pave the way for iPhones without buttons on the front – an approach already seen on Google’s rival Pixel phone, which has no buttons on the front.

MacRumours said two weeks ago, ‘Apple is expected to announce new products later this month, most likely between Monday, March 20 and Friday, March 24, according to reputable supply chain analysts we spoke to who wish to remain anonymous.

‘The analysts said the information is from its own sources and not based on other reports.