Live blog: Apple’s iPad event

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Hello, again! It’s been a little over a month since we live-blogged Apple’s introduction of the iPhone 5 in San Francisco. Turns out, Apple has a little bit more up its sleeve. At 10 a.m. PT today Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to take the stage of the California Theater in downtown San Jose, Calif.

Apple iPad Mini event photoWe anticipate that over the course of an hour or so Cook and a variety of other Apple executives will introduce us to the rest of the company’s holiday product lineup. The star of the show, of course, is expected to be a smaller iPad. But that’s not all: the Mac is also set to play a role in the events as well.

Om Malik and I will be bringing you live updates and photos of the event as it unfolds. We’ll kick things off a bit before the event started at 10 a.m. PT, so please join us below.

In a rare move, Apple will also be live-streaming the event from San Jose: as long as you own an Apple product. Owners of iOS devices running version 4.2 or later or Mac OS X 10.6 users running Safari 4 will be able to watch the event, as well as some Apple TV users, according to a webpage released by Apple early Tuesday morning.

In the meantime, here’s a preview of the event.

Here’s what has been announced so far:

  • A new version of iBooks. It has continuous scrolling, and works better with iCloud.
  • A 13-inch MacBook Pro with the Retina display, which Apple introduced earlier this year in a 15-inch version. It’s thinner and lighter than the current 13-inch MacBook Pro, and costs $1,699. It’s available today.
  • A new iMac. It has a much thinner display than the current iMac version, and will come in 21-inch and 27-inch versions for $1,299 and $1,799, respectively. They’ll be available in December.
  • A fourth-generation iPad. It has a faster processor and will work on Sprint’s 4G LTE network. It’s the same size as the original iPad, and costs $499, just like the current-generation models.
  • The iPad mini. We’re a little surprised they chose that name, but hey. It has a 7.9-inch screen and a 1024 by 768 pixel display. It’s a Wi-Fi only device, starting at $329 for a 16GB version, and cellular-network versions will also be available.
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