Many of Apple's retail stores will be closing their doors early on between 17 and 19 November, and, while we'd like to believe it's in preparation for a mystery product launch, it looks like it's actually for rather dull meetings with Apple's retail employees.

A number of Apple Stores in countries across the globe including Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan and Spain, will be closing several hours early between Sunday 17 November and Monday 18 November.

There was some chatter to suggest that the early closures could hint that the upcoming Retina iPad mini release date is nearing, or that the Mac Pro is on its way next week (despite Apple saying it's coming in December). However, 9To5Mac has rubbished that theory in a report that claims Apple will be holding its quarterly retail meetings on those days.

UK Apple Stores are not yet showing "special hours" in the Apple Store app, but it'll be worth checking before you head down to an Apple Store next week to ensure you don't turn up to find closed doors.

That doesn't mean that the iPad mini with Retina display isn't coming soon, though. Apple has said the iPad mini 2 is "coming later in November," and the current prediction is 22 November.

See: Retina iPad mini 2 release date, specs, features