Where to Follow Today’s iPad Event Live

Apple iPad Event

Apple’s big iPad event is set to kick off in around 30 minutes. If you’re wanting to follow the announcements of new iPads and whatever other goodies Apple has in store, here are some good options for live coverage:

Apple’s Own Live Stream: available in a web browser or on Apple TV

The Verge Live Blog: this great all-round tech site’s live coverage of recent Apple events has been stellar

Ars Technica: one of the venerable old school Apple tech sites is live blogging the event.

GigaOm: One of my favorite mobile tech writers, Kevin C. Tofel, will also be live blogging the event with Om Malik. This may be my big favorite, apart from the live stream itself, just to get Tofel’s platform agnostic view on things.

I’ll be sharing my thoughts on all the new iPad news of course as the day goes on – so I hope you’ll check back here often today.

What are your plans for taking in the event today? Are you able to with work and life schedules?

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Rumor: Apple Testing Keyboard Case for iPad 5

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One of the latest rumors leading up to Apple’s iPad announcement event today says that Apple is testing new ‘Surface-like’ keyboard cases for the new iPad 5 that’s expected to be unveiled at the event.

As MacRumors reports, at least one former Apple staffer thinks a new keyboard case could be announced alongside new iPads today:

According to ex-Apple Developer Relations employee and industry analyst Jamie Ryan (viaGizmodo UK), Apple has been testing a first-party keyboard case to be potentially released alongside the upcoming fifth-generation iPad. The case itself would reportedly be similar in nature to Microsoft’s Touch Cover, which is made for the Surface line of tablets.

I’ve been speaking to a couple of people at Apple for the last few days and they have told me that a case for the full size iPad that mimics Microsofts touch cover has been prototyped. It’s not clear whether the process is far enough along to make this Tuesdays event but they did say a few different styles had been in testing for a while.

This is an iPad rumor that doesn’t seem at all far fetched. A number of 3rd party vendors have been making iPad keyboard cases for years now. Some of them are very good too – like the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad mini shown above.

If Apple offers a keyboard case that rivals or betters some of those from companies like Logitech and ZAGG I’d definitely be interested in trying it out.

What do you all think? Would you be interested in an iPad 5 keyboard case?

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Apple Will Be Live Streaming Today’s iPad Event

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Apple will be live streaming their special event today where they’ll announce new iPads and plenty of other fun stuff by the sound of things.

The live stream will be available on the web and on Apple TV starting at 1:00PM Eastern today. Here’s the link to use in a web browser to tune into the live stream:

http://www.apple.com/apple-events/october-2013/

And here are the system requirements:

Live Streaming video requires Safari 4 or later on OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later.

It’s been a long year waiting on new iPad announcements, and now the waiting is almost over.

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My Very Short New iPad Wish List

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Well, tomorrow is the big day – the day when Apple is going to announce new iPads. After almost a full year of new new iPad release tomorrow’s special event is expected to include the unveiling of a new iPad 5 and a new iPad mini 2, or whatever names Apple decides to give them.

Once again this year the Apple Rumor Mill appears to have taken a lot of suspense out of these announcements and uncovered major details on how both the big and small models will change in their next generation.

The consensus on the iPad 5 is that it will be ‘minified’, as Apple Insider reports via The Wall Street Journal:

As for the full-size iPad, the WSJ reiterated claims from an August report that said the fifth-gen tablet will employ GF2 thin-film screen technology to make the device slimmer and lighter than its predecessors. The larger iPad is also said to feature a redesign with thinner bezels and rounded corners, bringing it more in line with the current iPad mini.

As far as the iPad mini 2, there’s been a whole lot of back and forth as to whether Apple could manage to upgrade it to a Retina display this year – but all the latest reports (again including the WSJ) now indicate this will happen.

So of course I’ve got my own little wish list for the new iPads we’ll be introduced to tomorrow – but it is a very short one this year.

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It’s Official: October 22 is Apple’s New iPad Event Day

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As expected, Apple has confirmed it will be holding a special media event next Tuesday, October 22. Invites went out yesterday to lucky media members and of course it’s widely expected that Apple will be unveiling new iPads at this event.

The event will start at 1PM Eastern on October 22 and Apple has not yet announced whether they’ll be doing a live stream during it.

The general consensus of rumors leading up to the announcement is that we’ll see a new slimmer, lighter iPad 5 and an iPad mini 2 with Retina display. Apple has not been able to keep too many secrets over the course of their last few big new product announcements, so I’d imagine these latest rumors won’t be very far off at all.

Other news that is likely or possible at the event may include word on new MacBook Pros and /or Mac Pro, OS X Mavericks, and possibly an update for Apple TV.

It’s Hurry Up and Wait time of year for iPad fans.

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