Apple's online store was replaced with the familiar "Back Soon" notice Tuesday morning ahead of the company's media event where it's expected to introduce a smaller form factor iPad model.
Apple store offline ahead of Tuesday's media event
According to rumors, Apple's still unannounced small iPad will sport a 7.85-inch multi-touch display, although it isn't expected to offer Retina Display resolution like the 9.7-inch iPad. The new model is expected to include Apple's new Lightning connector like the iPhone 5 and new iPod touch, front and rear-facing cameras, built-in WiFi and 3G/4G wireless options and more.
The Mac Observer is on location at the California Theater in San Jose for today's media event which is scheduled to start at 10AM pacific time. Be sure to follow TMO for our live coverage of today's announcements.