Apple's online store is closed for business right now. But don't worry, it's not a glitch. That's Apple's standard process as it gets ready to unveil new products.
Apple shut down its online store early Wednesday morning in advance of its latestscheduled for 10 a.m. PT. Apple shuts down its store before each major event. As usual, a message on the company's Apple Store page says: "We'll be back. We're busy updating the Apple Store for you and will be back soon."
You can still browse the overall website to check out Apple's different products and services; you just can't buy anything. The store usually returns to life soon after the event is over, displaying all the new products up for sale.
Apple typically introduces its newest iPhones in September, followed by another event in October for the iPad. This year, though, it looks like Apple will use September to showcase both of its mobile devices.
The company may have a full agenda in store this time. Apple is expected to announce its next-generation iPhones -- likely dubbed theand iPhone 6S Plus. It may also introduce a new iPad lineup, possibly an with a 12.9-inch screen and an . A major upgrade to may be on tap. And the company will officially launch its new and software.
This is an off-year for the iPhone, which means the new edition will likely sport one or two major new features but mostly upgrades to its processor, camera and a few other parts. The star feature for the new iPhones is expected to be the Force Touch technology used in the Apple Watch, a pressure-sensitive display that responds based on how much pressure you apply with your finger. A new color iPhone may be up Apple's sleeve as well. Some rumors claim Apple has tweaked the device's display and components and slightly changed the design to fit in a bigger battery.
The iPhone remains Apple's bread and butter, now accounting for about two-thirds of its annual revenue. Apple upped its game a year ago when it launched its first big-screened iPhones -- the iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display and the iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5-inch display. The larger screens have helped Apple bump up its sales and market share in the smartphone arena. The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will reportedly stick with the same screen sizes.
The iPad has become a smaller part of Apple's business, with sales and market share falling year over year for six consecutive quarters. The rollout of a larger iPad could help boost demand for the tablet, especially if Apple can market it as a laptop replacement, similar to Microsoft's Surface Pro series. And the Apple TV hasn't received a major update in three years, so that device is due for an overhaul.
Whatever is in store, you can follow it all here, live on CNET. Our pre-event coverage begins around 9 a.m. PT, noon ET, 5 p.m. UK and 1 a.m. AEST, and we'll be live-blogging when the event starts an hour later.
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