According to Apple's status page, the store was down for maintenance, as were photo print products. The store also went down for some users, Apple blog 9to5Mac noted.
However, many tech blogs are claiming that this could signify the launch of the new iPads from the Cupertino giant. The downtime is believed to give Apple sufficient time to update its storefront to include or introduce the new iPad devices.
According to MacRumors a few days ago, while Apple typically introduces its new products at a prepared Special Event in front of the media and a large crowd, it does not have any scheduled event as of this time.
Nevertheless, this does not stop fans from surmising that Apple could just be introducing the new products via a press release. Then, it could just promote them with a modified storefront, so visitors of its online store can easily learn about the company’s new products.
Apple has yet to make an official statement, but many are already excited and patiently waiting for the online store to get back up. All are hoping that when it does return, new products are being shown at the online storefront. Previous rumors have stated that a 128-GB iPhone SE is part of the products that will be introduced this week.
Additionally, the Red variants of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected soon. There is also mention of new bands for the Apple Watch smartwatch, but specific details about them remain scarce. Last week, analysts stated that Apple is introducing three new iPads to the market: a 9.7-inch model, a 12.9-inch variant and an all-new 10.5-inch tablet.