Apple Store goes down as keynote nears, iWork ’09 makes an early appearance

As is customary when Apple prepare to toss some fresh new goodies our way, the Apple Store has been kaput since about 10:00am EST. Last minute rumors continue to swirl but none of the big ones can be confirmed at this point – we’ll just have to wait a bit longer for Apple’s Macworld keynote, which kicks off at 9:00am PST / 12:00pm EST, to see exactly what Apple has in store. There is one safe bet however, likely inadvertantly revealed a bit early. iWork, Apple’s productiviy suite, will be updated to iWork ’09. It remains to be seen whether or not Apple will announce a Web-based tie in but as you can see in the screen clip above, iWork ’09 made a brief appearance on Apple’s download page before a quick correction reverted the entry back to iWork ’08. No information about the update was found anywhere else on the site. With Apple’s keynote kicking off in just under a half hour, we’re now on the home stretch. As always, keep it here for breaking news covering all of Apple’s Macworld announcements – you never know, Apple might still have a trick or two up its sleeve.

Thanks, Mel!

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