More than a handful of Apple Retail Stores in countries spanning Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, and Spain are set to close their doors early between Friday, Nov. 15 and Wednesday, Nov. 20.

The news comes from AppleInsider, which explains that Asia-based stores appear to be closing down on Sunday, Nov. 17, while stores in Europe are seeing more sporadic “special hours.”

Information concerning the one-off closing times for Apple Retail Stores is available to access either online, or using the Apple Store app (pictured above).

For the most part, Apple Retail Stores are closing up to several hours earlier than usual. Dresden’s Apple Retail Store, however, is actually scheduled to shut for the entire day on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Though the reason behind these special hours isn’t known, AppleInsider suggests that incoming products could have something to do with it:

The cause of the closures is unknown, though Apple does have at least two important launch events coming up with the Retina iPad mini in November and Mac Pro in December. It should be noted that the company usually reserves Fridays for big Apple Store events and rarely starts the week with a product launch. More likely, the company is holding regularly scheduled meetings, but the Oberhausen store’s hours are particularly interesting.

Oberhausen is staying open late on both the Friday and Saturday, and is instead closing early the following Monday through Wednesday.

Apple is planning on launching in-store repairs for its iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c handsets in the near future. Though of course, this wouldn’t usually be expected to necessitate Apple Retail Store closures.

It seems that for now, at least, the above will largely remain a mystery. We’ll keep you updated with further information as we receive it.

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