Apple Store Is Down

And so it begins. In typical Apple fashion, the Apple Store has now gone down in advance of today’s Apple press event (yes “event,” not “press conference”) here in San Francisco. It’s expected that Apple will today announce a new, larger-screened iPhone with LTE, which may or may not be called the “iPhone 5.” [Update: It totally will be.] Rumors and pundits have been going back and forth on whether  Apple will continue to give iPhone models numbers or go the way of the iPad, simply calling the device “the new iPhone.” But the Apple press invite seemed to point us more toward the device getting the numerical designation.

Also on the horizon is an update to Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 6, which brings hundreds of new features, including an improved Siri, system-wide Facebook integration, specialized call response features that let you automatically answer inbound calls with canned or custom text messages, FaceTime over 3G, Passbook, and more. A new version of iTunes is also expected.

And who knows, maybe even Apple will surprise us today with one more thing: an iPad mini.

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