The Apple Store is back up

June 19, 2011: 5:13 AM ET

The yellow Post-it is usually a sign that something new is coming

[UPDATE: The store came back up shortly after 6:00 a.m. EST Sunday. If there were any changes, I can't see them.]

Sometimes Apple (AAPL) takes its online store off-line for cosmetic changes -- like maybe a Father's Day sale. Sometimes it's to clear the decks for a new piece of hardware. What that might be, we can only guess. Among the products due for an upgrade:

  • Airport Extreme and Time Capsule. Supplies have been running short and last week's update to the OS X Airport Utility made references to next-generation models.
  • MacBook Air. Last refreshed in Oct. 2010, a new version of Apple's lightweight laptop is widely rumored to be in the works. According to Deutsche Bank's Chris Whitmore, however, Apple is holding it for the release of OS X Lion, due in July.
  • Cinema Display and Mac Pro. Not much chatter about either of these, but their last refresh was July 27, 2010.
  • Apple support: 'Please, why this redesign?'

    The newly revamped discussion forums are filled with complaints about the new design

    No good deed, they say, goes unpunished.

    No sooner had Apple (AAPL) re-opened its newly redesigned Apple Support Communities center -- the place on where users bring their computer problems and get comfort, validation and, with any luck, solutions from other users -- than the place was filled with complaints about the redesign and suggestions for how to MORE

    - Apr 17, 2011 6:24 AM ET
  • Apple store is down

    Look for it to open again in advance of the 1 p.m. EDT 'Back to the Mac' event

    The Apple (AAPL) drumroll continues.

    See also:

    Live video: Back to the Mac
    What to expect at 'Back to the Mac'

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    - Oct 20, 2010 12:21 PM ET
  • store is down. New Macs due

    Shortages of iMacs and Mac Pros signaled long overdue product updates

    [UPDATE: Apple, as expected, released new iMacs and Mac Pros Tuesday. The iMacs start at $1,199. The Pros start at $2,499 and can be configured with up to 12 processing cores. Press releases, with specs, here and here.

    There's also a new $999 27-inch Cinema Display (specs) and a $69 wireless multi-touch trackpad accessory for desktop Macs.

    Last -- and least MORE

    - Jul 27, 2010 8:16 AM ET
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