UPDATE: That's a wrap, folks! Check out HuffPost Tech for our post-event coverage, including everything you need to know about the new iPad, Apple's latest upgrade to iOS, the newly announced Apple TV update, photos from the event and much, much more.
PREVIOUSLY: Today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT), Apple execs will kick off an iPad-themed event inside San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
We're expecting the company to take the wraps off its next-generation iPad. Whether it's called the iPad 3, the iPad HD or the iPad T-1000, we hope to see it packing high-end features like a Retina Display and 4G LTE connectivity, as well as slightly beefier specs than its predecessor. As for the form factor, word on the street is that a new iPad won't look too different from the iPad 2, but as we learned from the iPhone 4S, it's what's on the inside that counts.
As is Apple's wont, there will probably some other surprises in store today. Rumors point to an announcement about a new Apple TV, perhaps the unveiling of iOS 5.1 and plenty of other goodies.
Apple won't be providing a live stream of the event, but you can still follow our coverage on HuffPost Tech throughout the day. Various blogs will also be live-blogging the event. You can catch all the up-to-the-minute action by checking out the following live blogs from the event in San Francisco:
Our friends at HuffPost U.K. will also be hosting a live blog of the event. All the latest updates can be found below, as soon as the event starts.
"Only Apple could deliver this innovation in such a beautiful, easy to use way"
Tim Cook closes the Apple event saying "This is just the beginning. Expect more of this innovation throughout the year."
iPad2 will stay on the market. 16 gb 9.
New iPad will range from 9 for 16gb, no 3G up to 9 64gb Wi-Fi and 3G.
Which competitors are bricking it now?
We can't go on calling it "the new one"
Apple has packed four times the pixels as other HD devices.
The pixels are elevated onto different planes to make them so small, and stop them interfering with each other.
Randy Ubillos the chief engineer on iPhoto got to test it in Antarctica. Not jealous. Not jealous at all.
iPhoto on the new iPad will help you do more with your photos.
It will draw on your photo library. Features multi-touch editing, brushes, beaming between devices.
Photojournals via iCloud will share photos with friends without having to send emails, or load them all into Facebook.
Apple retains the anachronistic themes with a new iMovie app that looks like an old film theatre.
The interface has a notebook-style outline template to plan your film.
Those who find these old-fashioned design notes tired will be irate.
iMovie will act like a directorial mentor telling you what kind of shots you need, like more close-ups, cut scenes or sweeping shots.
It's not all fun and gamers, there's plenty of new work apps on the app store from today.
Garageband has a new version with smart strings, note editor. Keep your songs in iCloud and share with jam session.
Create a song with up to 4 other devices over bluetooth for a Garageband jam.
Sketchbook's new edition on this retina lens is very impressive.
The gaming possibilities are immensely rich.
The new iPad will be in store from 9 next week.
iPad is ready to travel, with 4G LTE, dual carrier HSDPA and world-ready 3G.
Now we're looking at how awesome 4G LTE is.
So, Ofcom, can we have 4G everywhere please?
The new iPad will pack next generation wireless, 4G and LTE.
The video has video stabilisation.
Has 5 mpx camera, IR filter, autofocus, auto white balance.
HD video recording at 1080p.
Super powerful quadcore next generation A5x chip will power the immense graphic performance of the new iPad.
3.1 million pixels will feature on a Retina display on the new iPad.
That's 1 million more than your HD TV at home.
264 pixels per inch. Wow.
Tim compares Twitter running on an Android Samsung pad to the "big beautiful screen" of iPad.
"It looks like a stretched out iPhone app. Because it is!"
He also compares Yelp.
"This is the key reason why the momentum on iPad continues to build and competitor tablets aren't gaining traction."
The iPad 3 or iPad HD is nearly on the tip of Tim's tongue.
He says it sold more than all PCs combined last year.
Customers overwhelmingly prefer to use iPad than their PC according to Apple.
Apps are "gorgeous and groundbreaking".
New iOS 5.1 is announced and is available today.
New Apple TV has 1080p high quality viewing.
The new Apple TV interface has all the familiar apps like Netflix, plus will play anything you buy from app store immediately.
Apple TV will automatically synch your photos from photo stream as soon as you've taken them on your other Apple device.
Tim Cook: The things that make a great post-PC company are things Apple has been about for years.
Uses stores as an example.
"Our stores give the best buying experience"
What do store shoppers think of that?
The iPod, the iPhone and the iPad are revolutionary devices that defines whole new categories, says Tim Cook.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is on stage, talking about the post-PC world.
View our slideshow to see the 9 big things to watch for at today's iPad event.
iPad. iPad 2. iPad thr -- shut yo' mouth! Two leaks, from tech sites Cnet and VentureBeat, suggest that the Apple's next tablet will break with numerical naming tradition and be called the iPad HD, rather than the iPad 3. This, of course, would better advertise the crisper display that is expected to be the new iPad's killer feature. Speaking of which...
Siri was the killer feature of the iPhone 4S, the record-selling smartphone Apple unveiled in October. The biggest selling point of the next iPad might not be Siri, but one that lets you see-really well (sorry). The next iPad is rumored to boast a Retina display, upping the screen resolution of the iPad 2 from 1,024x768 pixels to 2,048x1,536 pixels. Cult Of Mac has a good comparison of what screenshots on the Retina display look like, versus what the more pixellated and less crisp screenshots on a non-Retina display. Above, you can see what a full Retina display (which Apple defines as "pixel density is so high your eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels") would mean in terms of resolution. As creator Chris Koerner puts it on his website, "You could watch a full resolution HD movie and still have some space for content. On a 9.7 inch screen!"
Sorry, show-offs: All signs point to the form factor and body of the next iPad looking exactly like the iPad 2, with perhaps slightly more tapered edges and about a millimeter -- a millimeter! -- of added depth, in order to accomodate the Retina display and maybe even a larger battery. Chinese tech site M.I.C. Gadget actually managed to cobble together a dummy iPad 3, made out of component parts it gathered from various Asian suppliers. You can watch a video of that team putting it together, as well as the end result, here. SPOILER ALERT: He was dead the whole time The final product looks just like the iPad 2.
Let's get nerdy: Tech pundits are mixed as to whether the processor in the next iPad will be a dual-core A5X processor (a minor upgrade over the iPad 2's current dual-core A5 processor) or a new, robust quad-core A6 processor, which would give the iPad a major processing boost. Again, the iPad 2 has a dual-core A5 processor already, so an A5X would probably mean just a slight enhancement in processing power; a quad-core A6, meanwhile, would be a legitimate enhancement in performance over its predecessor -- not to mention a key marketing buzzword ("quad core") for Apple to use in its advertisements. Handset makers showed off some of the first quad-core smartphones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this past February, and companies like Asus already have quad-core tablets on the market. Will Apple follow suit this Wednesday? The next iPad will certainly have an upgraded processor over the iPad 2. It's just a question of whether we'll see dual core or quad core inside.
Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal and Reuters all agree: The next iPad will be Apple's first 4G device. AT&T and Verizon are expected to offer an iPad HD 4G LTE (can't wait to hear radio ads for the AT&T iPad HD 4G LTE), making it the very first Apple device to run on the faster fourth-generation mobile network. Apple had previously been reluctant to include 4G chipsets in its iPhones, as the company's then-COO Tim Cook famously complained the bulkier chips caused design constraints; apparently, if the rumors are true, Apple has figured out how to include a 4G chip in an iPad without compromising the design.
Despite rumors that new iPad models would see price increases of up to $80 over iPad 2 models of similar storage capacity, it appears that new iPads will set you back just as much as old iPads (per MacRumors). According to rumor, WiFi-only 16GB iPad 3 (or iPad HD) may cost $499, a WiFi-only 32GB model will cost $599, etc., etc. For a refresher on how much the iPad costs, check out the pricing plans for the iPad 2, currently posted on Apple's website. Doesn't look like Apple's web developers will have to do much tweaking on that particular graphic.
Apple's iPad 2 Smart Covers are colorful magnetic cases that automatically put the display to sleep upon closing and can also act as handy iPad stands; apparently, according Ars Technica's Chris Foresman, these covers are getting an upgrade as well, featuring a new design that will better protect the iPad's aluminum backside. Heh, "aluminum backside."
Siri was introduced along with the iPhone 4S in October as a Beta feature, but a series of viral online videos and Tumblrs made it the number one reason to upgrade (and pull out your iPhone at parties). Will Apple also offer Siri on its newest iPad? Shaw Wu, an Apple analyst with Sterne Agee, certainly thinks so, as do a few reports out of the supply chain in Asia; John Brownlee at Cult Of Mac thinks it makes sense that Siri will come only with 3G (or 4G) iPads, in order to spare Apple's servers some hard work. We did a little investigative reporting of our own, asking Siri herself if she would come with the iPad 3. Her response: "I'm sorry, Jason. I'm afraid I can't answer that." Can't answer that, Siri -- or won't answer that? CAN'T OR WONT???
MacRumors noted that as of Monday evening, 98 percent of Apple stores are totally sold out of Apple TV devices: That's probably not because of feverish demand. Apple could update its $100 set-top box along with its iPad, perhaps to better accomodate transmitting HD video from your iPad's screen to your television.
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