Ladies and gentlemen, the Apple Store is down.

That’s right: with just a handful of hours left before Apple’s special event is set to begin at the California Theatre in San Jose, the company’s online store has closed for business.

When it goes back online, the Store will likely include an “iPad Mini,” refreshed new iPad, and much more.

AppAdvice plans to offer live coverage of the company’s event beginning at 1 p.m. EDT from the California Theatre in San Jose, Calif. Beforehand, please join us at noon for a preview.

Both the live event and pre-show will be available at this link!

We hope that you can join us!

In the meantime, be sure to read With One Day To Go, Our ‘iPad Mini’ Event RoundupThe iPad Mini And Its Likely Competitors: Prices And Specs That May WorkColor Me Crazy, But Maybe Apple Should Launch Multiple iPad Minis, and All Of The Wacky ‘iPad Mini’ Rumors In One Fantastic Place.