Apple Store Offline Following New Product Hints

Apple's online store went offline Tuesday morning and was replaced with the familiar "We'll be back soon" notice. The online tease comes only hours after the company hosted its fourth quarter earnings report sprinkled with hints that new products are on the way.

Apple executives said that the company was expecting an unusually high increase in air freight costs for the quarter, and that it wouldn't be related to the iPhone. That led many to speculate that Apple was planning to fly new products to retailers before the end of the year.

The company also said that it has "exciting new products in the pipeline," which helped fuel predictions of new Macs, a new multi-touch mouse, and the release of the company's fabled tablet computer.

Be sure to check back with The Mac Observer for coverage of any potential product announcements from Apple.