Apple Store Down Ahead of Lion Launch

Apple’s online store was replaced with the familiar “We’ll be back soon” notice Wednesday morning ahead of the company’s planned release of OS X 10.7, or Lion. This will mark the first time Apple has distributed a new Mac operating system without physical discs, although the store down time may be to prep for the introduction of new computers.

Apple's "Back Soon" sign

Rumors have claimed that new MacBook Air models with Thunderbolt ports will be introduced today, as will a new external display. Other rumors have said the Mac Pro is due for an update, and that a Mac mini with Thunderbolt support will be released, too.

Apple hasn’t officially announced updated computers yet, so be sure to check in with The Mac Observer for our new product and Lion launch coverage.