It is also claimed Apple has asked its technicians to prepare for new SKUs (stock keeping units, used to identify each different product a company sells). Near-identical memos were issues ahead of the launch of the iPhone 12 earlier in the year, MacRumors says.
Apple has told its staff to prepare for the new SKUs arriving at 5:30am PT on December 8th, which is the time when the company tends to announce new products via press release. News of the internal memo comes a few weeks after reliable technology tipster 'L0vetodream' cryptically tweeted that there will be a "Christmas surprise from Apple".
So what could Apple have planned for December 8? The two most likely products are the so-called AirTags, which are believed to be Bluetooth trackers similar to those made by Tile.
You'll get a Christmas surprise from Apple（PS：Winter exclusive、good for winter） — 有没有搞措 (@L0vetodream) November 14, 2020
The product has been in development for a long time and was first expected to launch with the iPhone 11 back in 2019. Evidence of them has been seen numerous times within Apple's own iOS software, suggesting they are to be fixed to, or placed inside, non-connected items like bags and wallets, and their location can be tracked using Apple's Find My app.
A new Apple TV could also be on the way, as rumors of such a device first began circulating at the start of 2020. Apple is also yet to launch its new Apple Fitness platform, which is designed to run on the Apple TV among other devices.
We also can't help but wonder if Apple's reported attempt to buy the rights to stream the delayed James Bond movie No Time To Die went somewhere, and how such a blockbuster could pick up a huge number of new Apple TV+ subscribers. That said, this is pure speculation (and perhaps a degree of wishful thinking) on our part.
What we can say with more certainty is that, although Apple is best known for its on-stage product launches, it has revealed new products via a simple press release in the past. It is also no stranger to releasing products at the end of the year, with the original AirPods arriving on December 13, 2016 and the Pro Display XDR landing on December 10, 2019.