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Apr 11, 2012

Apple Store Down, Outage Banner Redesigned

The Apple online store (store.apple.com) is officially down for maintenance. As usual, Apple will not provide any details as to why the outage is necessary, but the company has made one visible change so far.

The famous yellow sticky sign that we had all grown accustomed to has been replaced with a cleaner post-it note featuring rounded corners (much like the icon of an iOS app) on a light-gray linen background - reminiscent of the Mission Control and Notification Center backgrounds in Mac OS X and iOS.

The message, however, is almost identical: “We’ll be back. We’re busy updating the Apple Store for your and will be back soon.”

Previously, whenever Apple took down its web-based store, the company would put up a yellow sticky sign with the message: “We’ll be back soon. We are busy updating the store for you and will be back shortly.”

Apple sometimes takes down its online store to feature new products.

There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about Apple refreshing its computer lineup. Both the MacBook Pro and the iMac (desktop) line are said to be getting the latest Ivy Bridge processors from Intel. Apple fans will agree that this is merely a matter of time, though it helps to know the release date.

Some recent developments indicate Apple is phasing out the optical disc drive in its notebooks. According to numerous well-placed sources, the Cupertino, California tech giant is switching the MacBook Pro to a completely new design akin to that of the hot-selling, super-slim MacBook Air.

By removing the optical unit, Apple will be able to significantly reduce the thickness of its laptop computers as well as gain more space for a larger battery and other components.

As for the iMac, the only design change reportedly aimed at Apple’s all-in-one desktop solution is an anti-glare display. That does’t mean there won’t be any other changes that haven’t yet been discussed in the media.


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