Apple Online Store Down! US iPad Pre-Orders Imminent! International... iWhat Now?

The US Apple Online Store is down in advance today's US iPad pre-order kick off. It should be back up by 5:30am Pacific, 8:30am Eastern so shoppers around the country can nab themselves a magical new iPad for delivery or pick-up on April 3. We'll post the direct link as soon as it's live.

Now Apple Online Stores in other countries like Canada and the UK... well we're not sure why they're down since they're not getting iPad pre-orders (or iPads until "late April") so keep your eyes peeled and let us know what they come back with... if anything.

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15 Comments
  • Woot woot! I'm preordering a 16GB wifi version. I wish I had more $$$ for a 64GB but this'll do =]
  • http://store.apple.com/pt is also down...
  • and store.apple.com/alksdfjljklksadfl
    and store.apple.com/zx
  • Ok, I'm confused why this always happens when they update their website. When I'm working on changes to my office site I have a "sandbox" to play in and when I'm happy with the changes I just publish it. It's seamless and no need to ever take the site down. So, can someone tell me why Apple has to take their site down? Is it for dramatic effect?
  • I would say so.
  • iPad orders now!!!
  • Website looks crap
  • IPAD GETS IT OWN BUTTON!!!
  • 8:31am EST, looks like it's up for me. Course I'm in Canada so does me no goodhttp://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_ipad/family/ipad?mco=MTcyMTgwNjM
  • Website look great now!!! They took it down for about 20 seconds to fix it!!!
  • Just placed my order for the 16 GB wifi model. Based in SF Bay Area.
  • @Hungwell
    At this point, I suspect it is purely a marketing exercise. Apple engineers are not incompetent; even if this was a limitation on an early iteration of their store, they could have fixed it long ago, just like every other online merchant.
    But why would you when every time your site goes down you get thousands of anticipatory articles and breathless blog postings like this? You can't buy that kind of publicity.
  • i love apple :)
  • Website look great now!!! They took it down for about 20 seconds to fix it!!!
  • Thank you, very nice. However, some files can not be displayed on your website, be aware of.