The online Apple store is down in preparation for the company's planned announcement today.

The homepage reads: "We are busy updating the store and will be back shortly," with a sticky note reading: "We'll be back soon."

Apple has in the past taken down its online store before major announcements.

Today's much anticipated announcement begins at 10 a.m. PST, 1 p.m. EST. Follow a live blog of the announcement here. Read the latest iPad3 rumor rollup here. Check back to Network World throughout the day and week for all Apple news.

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