What you need to know
- The Apple Store website and app are down right now.
- The move is standard for when Apple is about to launch a new product.
- Preorders begin for the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and HomePod mini today.
The move is the usual one for Apple. The company always takes the Apple Store down ahead of a major product launch to update the site so that, when it comes back up, customers will be able to preorder their new iPhones, iPads, etc.
Preorders for the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and HomePod mini are set to go live at 5:00 AM Pacific Standard Time, so the Apple Store website and the Apple Store app should begin working again in less than a half-hour.
Once the site and app come back up, customers will be able to preorder their new iPhone or HomePod for contactless delivery or in-store pickup (if your local Apple Store currently offers it). The actual release of all three products is set to occur on Friday, November 13, but you'll want to preorder fast to ensure you are able to get your new iPhone or HomePod on that day. Ship times and in-store availability slipped quickly for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro when they went live for preorder.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.