Apple Store Drops Offline Wednesday Morning

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Apple’s Web-based store went offline Wednesday morning raising speculation that the company might have a surprise product announcement in store. The familiar “We’ll be back soon” notice often indicates that new products are being added to the store, although Apple’s track record usually puts those releases on Tuesdays instead of Wednesday.

Apple Store offline

Apple recently released OS X Lion along with new Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook Air and Mac mini models, the latest iMac refresh is still fairly recent, and the MacBook Pro was last updated in February. The only Mac model that hasn’t gotten any attention from Apple recently is the Mac Pro which is the only shipping Mac model that doesn’t include a Thunderbolt port.

Downtime at Apple’s online store doesn’t necessarily mean new hardware is being released. The site could be down for maintenance or other technical issues.

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Comments

geoduck

One odd observation. I’ve tried both the US and Canadian store with both Safari and FireFox. I don’t see the We’ll Be Right Back sign. The site seems to be down completely, just giving Unable to Connect errors.

Lee Dronick

As with Geoduck I am not even getting to the store to see We’ll be back soon note.

Could be a server problem, or it could be something new about to be announced.

jimothy

I, too, am seeing that the store is down. It’s probably all us eager Apple fans refreshing the page. “Is it up yet? How ‘bout now? Now? What about now?”

Or, they were making changes to their servers, which would explain the yellow sticky, and those changes didn’t go so well.

geoduck

LSir Harry:
Announcing something like “We’ve updated our servers”
LOL

geoduck

That it’s still down this late makes me think ‘technical problem’ over ‘something new’. They usually try to have it back up before now.
(But maybe it’s a little bit of both)

John Dingler, artist

Must be a Windows server malfunction, eh? *S*

MOSiX Man

I just checked the U.S. store and it’s up for me.

geoduck

Somebody correct me if I’m wrong but I’m not seeing any changes.

Just an update that went a bit sideways on them.

Lee Dronick

I just checked the U.S. store and it?s up for me.

Same here.

The only new thing that I noticed is the addition of the MacBook Comic-Con edition. It is targeted to techno geeks and has a clacky keyboard, a folding and telescoping joy stick instead of a track pad, all kinds of ports including a parallel, a turbo button, and four fans. It is 2” thick and weighs 1.2 stone.

MOSiX Man

ROFL! Sir Flashman, I can SO see that. However, it would have to be an HP or Dell product.

ilikeimac

Ha ha Harry. I’d forgotten about turbo buttons but I think I remember seeing some PCs with those.

Lee Dronick

ROFL! Sir Flashman, I can SO see that. However, it would have to be an HP or Dell product.

I have an HP laptop 17” that is thick as a brick and is rather heavy. It has two big fans that could be used to ventilate a coal mine and sound like a jumbo jet taking off. To fair it is 10 years old or so.

Ha ha Harry. I?d forgotten about turbo buttons but I think I remember seeing some PCs with those.

They always amused me which is why I threw them into the soup. Remember the tubular key locks on PCs?

Anyway, I the other day I was listening to some guy tell me what he wanted to see in a MacBook Pro before he would buy one. Oh yeah, that would be svelte.

OldMorris

its still off line for me?? or is it off again?

Lee Dronick

its still off line for me?? or is it off again?

Off me also. There must a be a lot of people making back to school purchases.

Tom

Apple also updated their Wireless Keyboard with new keys for OSX Lion

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