Editor's note, March 18: Apple has announced two new iPads. Starting at $499 (£479, AU$779) for the 64GB model, thefeatures a 10.5-inch Retina display, an A12 Bionic processor and support for the Apple Pencil. , which is no longer sold. The , starting at $399 (£399, AU$599) for the 64GB version, also has the A12 chip and Pencil support, but is otherwise nearly identical to the iPad Mini 4 it replaces. The previous version of this story from March 18 follows.
After a brief hiatus Monday morning, the Apple Store came back online around 5:30 a.m. PT with a pair of new iPads to buy --.
The debuts come a week ahead of Apple's, which is expected to focus on the company's or its .
The Apple Store going downprecedes the arrival of new hardware, as old listings are removed and new ones added.
Ahead of Monday's announcement, we got a hint that Apple might reveal hardware updates through a Saturday tweet by Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, as previously reported by 9to5Mac.
"If Apple was to be planning, say, new iPad and iMac announcements for this week, it would make a real statement about how much it wants to focus its March 25th event on its news and video services," he wrote.
Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Back in December, we heard rumors that Apple would launch a pair of-- a 7.9-inch model and another that's more than 10 inches -- in 2019.
First published March 18 at 2:27 a.m. PT.
Updated at 5:49 a.m. PT: Reflects store's return.