With just a few hours to go to Apple's media event, the Cupertino-based tech giant has taken its online stores around the world offline, including here in Singapore.

It is a standard operating procedure for the iPhone and iPad makers to bring their online stores down ahead of major events and new product releases. So we can safely say that this is Apple's way of telling us that they are going to introduce something new to their online store.

The next-generation iPad is expected to announce within the next few hours. Stay with us as we bring you the latest developement from Apple's special media event.