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Apple has pulled the plug on its online store, flagging up to he world that it is about to unleash something new and magical and revolutionary on the world.

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Or it's simply clearing the virtual shelves for the iPad 2 later today.

Visitors to the site are currently being met with the mystic "We'll be back soon" virtual Post-it note.

Which is a red rag to the herds of Apple fans ready to hand over cash for whatever it is Apple – and maybe even Steve Jobs himself – is going to unwrap today.

The big one is the iPad 2 of course. At least until some spoilsport suggested the one to watch for is the iPad 3 in the autumn, which will be "one to make a song and dance about".

Other tips include some kind of repackaging of MobileMe, which may or may not include a cloudy iTunes service. The $99 annual MobileMe package has lately disappeared off both real and virtual shelves.

Anyone expecting Thunderbolts may be disappointed – Apple slipped that one out last week. ®

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