Apple Store Offline Ahead of Media Event

Apple’s online store was replaced with the familiar “We’ll be back soon” notice Wednesday morning ahead of the company’s special media event. The media event is scheduled to begin at 10AM pacific time at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

The company is expected to introduce new iPod models, and possibly a new Apple TV along with cloud-based music and video streaming. Other rumors claim the iPod nano will get a touch-based interface, US$0.99 TV show rentals are coming, an iLife update will be announced, and even a new MacBook Air will ge introduced.

Unlike previous media events, Apple plans to live stream Wednesday’s presentation. Since the company will be using HTTP Live Streaming technology, viewers will need a Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, an iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 3.0 or higher, or an iPad to see the event.

Be sure to check in with The Mac Observer for our as-it-happens event coverage.