Tuesday, October 22, 2013

How to watch as Apple live-streams Oct. 2013 iPad event

Those wanting to see what Apple has up its sleeve on Oct. 22, in terms of new iPads (and more), are no longer relegated to live blogs. Apple has created a web page specifically for the event; it went live on Tuesday morning.

Typical of Apple live-streamed events, Microsoft users need not apply. The stream will only be viewable on Apple platforms or devices. The page says that it "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."

Indeed that's all in the fine print at the bottom of the page.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based technology firm, also known as the most valuable company (by market capitalization) in the world, is expected to announce new iPads and iPad minis, and perhaps new MacBooks and Mac Pros, which will coincide with the launch of the company's latest desktop platform, OS X Mavericks.

It's possible we may also see a new Apple TV set-top box -- but not the smart TV many are hoping for.

The iPad 5 (or new iPad or fifth-generation iPad, depending on what Apple calls it) is expected to sport a new design, tweak to more closely resemble its smaller brethren, the iPad mini. It will also carry a new A7X processor and perhaps a Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

Meanwhile, the iPad mini 2 may or may not have a new Retina display. If it does not, Apple will be hammered since the recently introduced and "comparable in size" Nexus 7 (2013) and Kindle Fire HD 7-inch tablets all have Retina quality displays. It's expected to see boosts in other hardware specs, as well.

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