Apple’s Online Store Goes Down Ahead of Today’s ‘Gather Round’ Event

Apple’s online store is down ahead of the company’s
“Gather Round” media event
today at Steve Jobs Theater, at
its Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, California. The keynote
begins at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

The iconic “we’ll be back” message on Apple’s website often
foreshadows the launch of new products. At today’s event,
rumors suggest Apple will be introducing a trio of new iPhone
models, Apple Watch Series 4 models, and new AirPods, along
with detailing availability of its AirPower wireless charging

MacRumors recapped
what to expect at Apple’s event
in detail last week, with
headline new products expected to include a
6.5-inch so-called “iPhone Xs Max”
and larger-screen Apple
Watch Series 4 models with
EKG functionality
. AirPods are also expected to gain “Hey
Siri” support and an optional wireless charging case.

Apple will also likely confirm availability of the final,
publicly released versions of iOS 12, tvOS 12, watchOS 5, and
macOS Mojave during today’s event, or shortly after the event
on, once it returns online.

Rumors suggest Apple has a number of other products in the
pipeline this year, including iPad Pro models with Face ID, a
lower-priced MacBook of some kind, refreshed iMac models, and a
new pro-focused Mac mini, but it’s unclear if any will be
announced today, at a potential October event, or via press

As last-minute rumors, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo on Monday
predicted that the
next-generation iPad Pro models will feature a USB-C port
while the new lower-priced MacBook will support Touch ID, but
without a Touch Bar.

Look for today’s event to run for around two hours, although if
Apple plans on fitting all of its rumored products into its
September keynote, then we could be in store for more of a
marathon showing. Apple will provide a live
stream of the event on the web
and through its
Apple Events app
for the Apple TV.

MacRumors will be covering the event live from Steve Jobs
Theater, with a live blog, hands-on photos, news stories,
videos, and live tweets via @MacRumorsLive on
. Mac users can get MacRumors headlines delivered to
their desktops instantly by enabling Safari push notifications.

MacRumors readers can follow
along in our forums
, which are a great place to discuss the
announcements before, during, and after the event. Be sure to
keep tabs on the iPhone and Apple Watch sections in particular.

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