Apple's website goes down, there's speculation about a new product announcement. No white iPhone 4 today, though, just an HTML5-powered redesign of Apple.com itself. There's some subtle animation (try clicking on the Mac or iPod tabs), a new, darker nav bar, and a slight gradient to the background.
The only big usability improvement here is the new magically-expanding search field that shows suggested results as you type. Page load times don't seem noticeably different, either. Also, as TUAW points out, the changes aren't iPad compatible yet. Is this the kind of revamp that only die-hard Apple fans and software bloggers will even notice, or are the changes in the site obvious to the average customer? More importantly, do you like the new site better than the old one?
UPDATE: The site now seems to be displaying properly on the iPad.
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