That time has come yet again! Apple is hosting another big event this Oct. 23, beginning at 1p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT).
Tim Cook and company will take the stage at the California Theater in San Jose, Calif., to reveal the latest products that have had the tech world speculating since invitations for the event arrived in journalists' inboxes on Oct. 16.
What do we expect Apple to launch this time around? Well, the most anticipated new device is what has become unofficially known as the "iPad Mini," rumored to be a 7-inch version of Apple's iPad tablet. The "Mini" device is expected to be priced more affordably than Apple's 10-inch iPad and would compete with tablets like the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7. There have also been rumors that the tech giant may release a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, a refreshed line of iMac desktops and more.
So how can ecstatic fanboys and curious gadget gurus follow the second-by-second coverage? Besides following our Facebook and Twitter accounts, check out the list below for the websites with the best online coverage.
For The Best Video...
This time around, Apple is streaming the event live from Apple.com (here). The only caveat is that to view updates, the "video requires Safari 4 or later on Mac OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later," according to the company's site. You can also stream the event live from a second- or third-generation Apple TV, running on version 5.0.2. or later.
If you have a fairly new and recently updated Apple device, the event will be easy to access. For everyone else, there are plenty of other places you can follow along online.
For The Best Pics...
Engadget, sister blog of the Huffington Post (both owned by AOL), is known for quickly posting high-res photos from inside Apple's press events. Keep an eye on Engadget's live blog for a first look at all the latest products.
For The Best Liveblogging...
In addition to Engadget's live blog, there are several other sites that will post update on the event as it happens:
And of course, you can also follow HuffPost Tech's coverage of the event here or on Twitter (@HuffPostTech). Before the web is filled with breathless reviews and updates, check out our roundup of everything we expect Apple to announce (here).
Related on HuffPost:
Tim Cook Goes To China
Apple's problem of allegedly poor working conditions at its suppliers' factories in China had been known for some time, but this year Cook actually stepped up and did something about it. After the <em>New York Times</em> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/26/business/ieconomy-apples-ipad-and-the-human-costs-for-workers-in-china.html?_r=1" target="_hplink">published an expose</a> on the human cost of manufacturing an iPad, Cook went to China to visit manufacturing sites. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/26/business/ieconomy-apples-ipad-and-the-human-costs-for-workers-in-china.html?_r=1" target="_hplink">Steve Jobs reportedly never set foot in a Chinese factory</a>. More substantially than a PR stunt, Cook also <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/13/apple-foxconn-fair-labor-association_n_1273915.html" target="_hplink">asked</a> the D.C.-based Fair Labor Association to independently audit Foxconn's and other's component manufacturing facilities. Investigators found that laborers often worked <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/29/foxconn-apple-factories-labor-violations_n_1389392.html" target="_hplink">more than 60 hours per week</a> in March. Since then, Apple reportedly <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/apple-foxconn-audit_n_1819701.html?utm_hp_ref=technology" target="_hplink">sketched out a timeline</a> for having workers work sane schedules.
Tim Cook Doesn't Make Employees' Lives Miserable
OK, so we can't exactly speak for <em>every</em> single one of Apple's <a href="http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/320193/000119312511282113/d220209d10k.htm" target="_hplink">60,000 employees</a>, but there are few indications that underlings are happier under Cook than they were under Jobs. <a href="http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/05/24/apple-tim-cook-ceo/" target="_hplink">As <em>Fortune</em>'s Adam Lashinsky wrote</a> of an annual retreat for top execs in April, "the spirit of the meeting was upbeat and even fun [...] a stark contrast to the grim and fearful tone Jobs engendered at the meetings." Indeed, peppered throughout Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs are many episodes of Jobs berating his workers for their incompetence. Cook, in contrast, seems like a leveler head.
Tim Cook Is Not A Scrooge McDuck
Steve Jobs was many things, but "charitable" wasn't one of them. But just a week into Cook's tenure, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2011/09/08/tim-cook-announces-new-charity-matching-service-for-apple-employees/" target="_hplink">the new CEO started a program</a> in which Apple matches dollar-for-dollar any charitable donation made to a nonprofit, up to $10,000. Such gift-matching systems are standard at many American companies; but this was a first for Apple. To boot, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/03/apple-charity-donation_n_1253185.html" target="_hplink">Apple under Cook also gave away $50 million to Stanford hospitals</a>. By contrast, Jobs <a href="http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/08/29/the-mystery-of-steve-jobss-public-giving/" target="_hplink"> personally didn't have any public record of giving to charity</a> and once reportedly employees that <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2012/2/2/2766403/tim-cook-apple-charity-project-red-stanford" target="_hplink">Apple giving away money was a waste of time</a>. Jerk moves.
Tim Cook Shares Some Of Apple's Massive Pile Of Cash
This ain't exactly charity, but it is a good thing. While Jobs wasn't one to give to investors any of Apple's trucks-full of cash in the form of dividends or stock buyback, Cook is fine with it. In February, <a href="http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/03/19/apples-dividend-and-buyback-what-the-analysts-are-saying/" target="_hplink">Apple issued a $2.65-per-quarter dividend and promised to buy $10 million worth in stock back from investors</a>. In short, Cook wanted to reward investors, both big and small, for the years they'd keep their money in the company.
Tim Cook Has Made Apple A Ton Of Money
Of course, the most important thing for investors is the stock price itself -- and wow, it's doing fantastic. In one year, Cook has made Apple 77 percent richer. On his first day, a share of Apple was trading for $376. As as I write this, it's trading for $667. That ends up being an additional $353 <em>billion</em>. Of course Jobs should be credited with the upward trajectory he left the company with, but it was Cook who guided the company to that high.