Apple store goes down ahead of today’s big education event

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The Apple online store is down ahead of today’s big education event, which kicks off at 10 a.m. central time.

Downtime is an indication that Apple is preparing to add new products to its lineup, which could be available to purchase or pre-order later today. Recent rumors have hinted at the arrival of a new MacBook Air and an even more affordable iPad.

This is Apple’s first major event of 2018, and though it may not be surrounding by quite as much hype as WWDC or an iPhone keynote, we’re expecting it to be pretty exciting. You’re going to want to keep an eye on it — especially if you like more affordable Apple devices.

A new MacBook and iPad could be on the way

With a focus on education, Apple is likely to unveil new devices that are suitable for the classroom. That means they should be cheaper than those already available today.

Based on recent rumors, we’re expecting a new MacBook Air with updated internals and a Retina display, plus an even more affordable 9.7-inch iPad that could come with Apple Pencil support. Apple could also unveil ClassKit, a new framework that makes iOS even better for education.

Apple won’t be livestreaming today’s event, but you’ll be able to watch a recording later through the Apple Events app on tvOS, or through the Apple website. For real-time update, be sure to keep an eye on our liveblog; Cult of Mac is attending the event, and we’ll bring you all the news as it breaks.