Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue retail store in Manhattan, normally open 24 hours a day, will be closed from midnight until 8:00 a.m. on July 11th in order to prepare for the iPhone 3G launch.

To get ready for the iPhone 3G launch, we will be closing at midnight on July 10 and will re-open at 8 a.m. on July 11.

The store has closed only a handful of times since its opening in May 2006, with the most recent closing occurring in late May, ostensibly for the filming of an iPhone 3G commercial. One commercial, entitled Hallway, is currently airing on U.S. television in anticipation of Friday's product launch, although it has not been confirmed that the closure was related to the filming of this commercial or some other yet-to-be-seen commercial.

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