UPDATE: The store is back online and no changes seem to have been made.
Apple’s online retail store is currently displaying the typical “we’ll be back soon” banner, which often appears when the company is adding new products to the store or when the website is undergoing scheduled maintenance. The outage appears to be widespread, with the online store down in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and several other countries.
Due to the timing of this shutdown, we would presume that it is in fact maintenance. With several new products being unveiled at the MacWorld Expo (Jan 26 – 28), however, you never know. We’ll let you know if there’s any noticeable changes when the store reopens.