iPhone 5 launch – Apple Store taken down, the end is nigh

Want to buy an iPhone? Too bad, you can’t, because Apple has taken down its online store in preparation for the launch of the iPhone 5 this evening. This is the calm before the storm. iPhone 5 anticipation is hitting its peak – and we’ll soon be able to go home and get on with our lives, for a little while at least.

In traditional fashion, the Apple Store has been taken down to prepare for the new shiny gadgets that will shortly be lining its virtual shelves. At 6pm tonight, CEO Tim Cook will announce Apple’s latest wave of products, which will likely include the iPhone 5, and a slew of new iPod models.

In place of the Apple Store is the “we’ll be back” message that’s been used for previous Apple launches. This time, though, it cycles through about a zillion different languages, making it quickly turn into indecipherable nonsense if you’re as uneducated as us.
Apple Store
The Apple Store will mostly likely jump back into life just after the Apple bods leave the stage this evening, around 7pm. But when will you actually be able to buy the new gear? The latest rumour suggests that the iPhone 5 pre-order will go live on Friday morning, with the first units set to ship out on 21 September.

The first batch of devices will sell out pretty quickly, you can bet, but Apple has been pretty quick at getting new stock in for its last few products. Its latest iPad didn’t even sell out in the high street in central London on the first day, despite being pretty popular.

Want to know what the iPhone 5 will bring? A larger 4in screen, a metal-back design and an improved camera are on the hit list. A cheaper price, however, is not. You’d better scrape those pennies together…

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