Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/10/04/apple_website_implodes/

Tuesday's iPhone event more than Apple.com can bear

Apple.com implodes under its own weight

By Dan Goodin

Posted in Mobile, 4th October 2011 19:32 GMT

Apple may be an unstoppable force in the eyes of its competitors, fans and pretty much everyone else, but no one more so than the webmasters running Apple.com.

A couple of hours into the company's "Lets talk iPhone" event Tuesday, trying to access Apple's homepage, online store, and most other sections of its website was like a game of Russian Roulette, with only about one in six attempts succeeding.

The majority of tries resulted in an “Access Denied” error message that told shocked Apple fans: “You don't have permission to access "http://www.apple.com/" on this server.”

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Not that news sites attempting liveblogging of the event fared much better. Coverage from gdgt.com was completely down for the count, at time of writing, while live reporting from CNET, All Things D, and Mashable limped along like a two-legged dog.

If the spotty coverage wasn't enough, fans were really whipped into a froth by the content of the Apple event, or more to the point, the lack of content, specifically, no mention at all of the much-anticipated iPhone 5.

It was more than some Twitter users could bear. Wrote one user named demiroquai: “I shave my balls for this?” ®