iFans Meta-Liveblog of Apple’s October Special Event

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iFans is pleased to announce our coverage of Apple’s special October media event occuring today at 10:00 AM Pacific (1:00 PM Eastern). You should join along in the discussion – we’re highlighting interesting comments left by users directly in the liveblog – and read the liveblog here.

Apple is widely expected to launch the iPad Mini — or whatever they’ll call it — alongside a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, updated iMacs and Mac Minis, iBooks 3.0 and more, so be sure to tune in to catch all of the excitement. Join us after the “read more” break and there should be no need to refresh the page from that point on whatsoever.

In order to keep things loading fast, we’ve moved updates off the front page and after the break instead, so read more for the full liveblog

11.16:

Thanks to everyone that tuned in to our iFans liveblog for Apple’s special October media event. We’re signing off. See you in the forums (there’s a lot to talk about).

-Joe Rossignol

11.16:

Well that was exciting! New Macs, Mac mini, iMac, Macbook Pro. The iPad 4th generation with many of its features revamped. The iPad mini, tons of new accessories. What a fantastic event.

Thanks for tuning in to the iFans liveblog and make sure to get involved in the discussion that will be happening across the various forum threads regarding new products! See you there!

-Stephen Hall

11.15:

Apple truly delivered on its promise to make 2012 an exciting and innovative year.

-Joe Rossignol

11.15:

To recap, we saw updated iMacs and Mac Minis, a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, a fourth-generation iPad and the brand new iPad mini. What an exciting day.

-Joe Rossignol

11.13:

That’s a wrap, as Tim thanks all of us as well as Apple’s employees.

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11.12:

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11.12:

“We hope you love these products as much as we love creating them.”

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11.11:

He’s going over the product announcements of the year — both the iPad 3 and the iPad 4. iPods, iPhone 5, iPad mini, thin new iMac.

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11.10:

“We told you earlier this year that you’d see some incredible innovation across the year.”

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11.10:

Tim’s back.

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11.09:

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11.09:

Really cute ad.

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11.08:

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11.08:

Wi-fi + cellular shipping 2 weeks later.

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11.08:

Wi-fi versions shipping November 2nd.

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11.07:

“Of course there are many configurations.”

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11.06:

Mark Gurman was right: ”It starts with a 16GB of storage, and will be priced at $ 329.”

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11.06:

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11.06:

Anyone that has a new iPad (third-generation) right now:

-Joe Rossignol

11.06:

“The result is an extraordinary iPad that will be used in so many different places, and in so many different ways.”

-Stephen Hall

11.05:

“The iPad mini has the thinnest single cell battery we’ve ever designed.”

-Stephen Hall

11.05:

I’ll pass on the fourth-generation iPad and iPad Mini. But I’d love to have a new iMac. Pretty please.

-Joe Rossignol

11.04:

Brand new smart cover! Eliminated the metal hinge.

-Stephen Hall

11.04:

I want one. Really bad.

-Stephen Hall

11.04:

Jonathan Ive is awesome, though.

-Joe Rossignol

11.04:

Just wait for all the parodies of this iPad Mini promotional video on YouTube.

-Joe Rossignol

11.02:

“When we decided to make the iPad mini, we wanted to keep the things that make the iPad so magical.”

-Stephen Hall

11.02:

Video of Jony Ive talking about the iPad mini’s design.

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11.01:

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11.01:

The Verge: “A5, LTE versions, FaceTime HD camera, 5MP iSight camera around back.”

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11.00:

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11.00:

“The technologies inside are equal to or better than the iPad 2 in every way.”

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11.00:

“There’s an amazing set of technology that makes this a great iPad.”

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10.59:

“Great experience. Not great experience.”

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10.59:

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10.59:

“What does the other one have? They have phone applications stretched up.”

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10.59:

“Customers love the ones (apps) written for the iPad.”

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10.58:

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10.58:

“The iPad mini is about 50% larger display area in the browser.”

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10.58:

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10.57:

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10.57:

“Let’s look at those displays. Theirs is 7 inch, our is 7.9.”

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10.57:

“The iPad mini has a third larger display area.”

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10.57:

He’s comparing it to the Nexus 7.

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10.56:

Phil is going through all the apps that will be awesome on the new iPad mini. All of them are. 275,000+ apps.

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10.55:

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10.55:

“All the software made for the iPad works on the mini with no change.”

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10.55:

As expected, iPad 2 resolution. 1024 x 768. All existing iPad software will work seamlessly.

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10.54:

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10.54:

Available in iPhone 5-like colors. Black with a slate back available.

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10.53:

“So this iPad mini, is just 7.2mm thick. That’s about a quarter thinner than the 4th gen iPad. Thinner than a pencil.”

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10.53:

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10.53:

“It’s incredibly thin and beautiful. Incredibly thin and light. Would you like to see one in person?”

-Stephen Hall

10.52:

Looks really iPhone 5-y

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10.52:

“This isn’t just a shrunken down iPad. There’s nothing as amazing as this.”

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10.52:

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10.51:

Time for the iPad mini. Yes, that’s the name. The iPad mini.

-Stephen Hall

10.51:

Quick revamp of it’s features, 4th generation iPad is announced.

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10.51:

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10.50:

Tons of new lightning adapters.

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10.50:

“It comes in both black and white.”

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10.50:

“2x faster Wi-fi”

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10.49:

Lightning, of course.

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10.49:

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10.49:

“We’re updating the camera, the cellular version has expanded LTE.”

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10.49:

“It also doubles the graphics performance. The competition wasn’t even close to us, and now we’re just blowing past them some more.”

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10.48:

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10.48:

Surprise surprise.

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10.48:

“So just half a year ago we introduced the 3rd generation iPad with Retina display. So it’s more incredible that we’re sitting here to talk about the 4th generation iPad.”

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10.47:

4th generation iPad?!

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10.47:

Phil’s back! What do you have for us?!

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10.47:

“We’re not taking our foot off the gas.”

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10.47:

“Earlier this year we announced an iPad with a Retina display. It’s the top selling tablet in the world.”

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10.47:

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10.46:

“But we know we are just getting started.”

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10.46:

Available today on the Mac App store.

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10.46:

“Publishers can now easily update their books.”

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10.46:

Custom fonts, widgets, mathematical expressions.

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10.45:

“Now today, we’re announcing the latest version of iBooks Author.”

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10.44:

“There are now 2500 classrooms in the US with iBooks textbooks.”

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10.44:

“iBooks textbooks are now available for 80% of the US high school core curriculum.”

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10.43:

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10.42:

“Teachers around the world have found the iPad to be a great education tool.”

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10.42:

“They love the display. They love the camera for FaceTime. They love that they can connect anywhere they go on Wi-Fi or cellular. They love iPad’s legendary all day battery life. And they love all of the amazing apps optimized for iPad.”

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10.42:

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10.42:

“Why is the iPad so popular? Well it turns out there’s a simple reason: people love their iPads!”

Audience giggles.

-Stephen Hall

10.41:

“iPad accounts for over 90% of web traffic from tablets.”

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10.40:

“We sold more products in the June quarter than any PC manufacturer sold in their entire PC line.”

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10.40:

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10.40:

“It seems like each time we get together, there are some new numbers to talk about the growth and momentum of this product.”

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10.39:

Here we go!

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10.39:

“Next I’d like to talk about iPad.”

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10.39:

Second model available in “December.”

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10.38:

Shipping in “November” Available in multiple configurations.

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10.38:

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10.38:

Ha, no optical drive.

-Stephen Hall

10.38:

Seamless integration of the benefits of both an SSD and a hard drive. So smart.

-Stephen Hall

10.37:

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10.37:

Why didn’t anyone else do this before? Correct me if I’m wrong but this seems like an obvious solution to rigging your own SSD and HDD for your PC.

-Stephen Hall

10.36:

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10.36:

Apple Fusion Drive?!

128 SDD and a 1TB or 3TB HDD, “Fused together with software.”

-Stephen Hall

10.35:

USB 3.0!

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10.35:

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10.34:

“Sheds 8 pounds compared to the previous generation.”

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10.33:

“75% less reflection”

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10.33:

“We said it’s fully laminated. Besides making it thin, it delivers another benefit. Text and graphics will look like they’re sitting right on top of the glass.”

-Stephen Hall

10.32:

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10.32:

Who’s still waiting for the iPad Mini? Check out this photo, posted by iFans forum member thkilrs.

-Joe Rossignol

10.32:

He’s explaining how they made it so thin. The last model looks like a monster compared to the new one.

-Stephen Hall

10.31:

“Let me bring up the old generation — isn’t it incredible how something new can make something else look so old?”

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10.31:

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10.31:

“This is so thin we wanted to do something even more with it — the way this is welded is called friction stir welding.”

-Stephen Hall

10.31:

The new iMac is absolutely gorgeous. Looks like a tapered design.

-Joe Rossignol

10.31:

“80% thinner than the previous generation.”

-Stephen Hall

10.31:

As I type this on an iMac, wow.

-Joe Rossignol

10.30:

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10.29:

“We have one here. Want to see one?”

-Stephen Hall

10.29:

Stunningly thin.

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10.29:

“We’ve had seven generations of iMac, each one better than the last.”

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10.28:

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10.28:

“It’s a great design. One that’s evolved over many years. Many people think of it as the flagship of the Mac line.”

-Stephen Hall

10.28:

“We said this is a big day for the Mac, and I have one more I’d like to talk about. And that’s the iMac.”

-Stephen Hall

10.27:

Starting Model is $ 599.

2.5 Ghz i5

4GB RAM

500Gb.

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10.27:

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10.26:

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10.26:

“Next, Mac mini. You knew there’d be something called mini in this presentation, didn’t you?”

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10.26:

Mac mini!

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10.26:

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10.24:

“We’re so excited to show this to customers, we’ve created an ad. Let’s show that.”

-Stephen Hall

10.24:

The usual environmentally friendly checklist!

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10.22:

New battery technology.

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10.21:

Glass multi-touch trackpad.

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10.21:

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10.21:

“If you’re looking for Retina apps, just go to our App Store. There’s a lot of great software to support the display.”

-Stephen Hall

10.20:

“Your apps look fantastic on it. Reading email the text is so beautiful you can’t see the pixels.”

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10.20:

“The world’s (2nd) highest resolution notebook display.”

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10.19:

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10.18:

“It is incredibly thin. Just .75 thick.”

No optical drive. Retina Display.
“Everything on it looks absolutely gorgeous.”

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10.17:

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10.17:

“I’m proud to introduce the brand new 13-inch MacBook Pro.”

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10.17:

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10.16:

The Verge: “Phil is listing off great reviews of the MacBook with Retina display.”

-Stephen Hall

10.16:

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10.16:

“Today is a big day for the Mac. It starts with MacBook.”

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10.15:

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10.15:

“We’re going to continue innovating with the Mac. We’ve got some great stuff to show you this morning.”

-Stephen Hall

10.15:

“The Mac has been outgrowing the PC market for 6 years straight.”

-Stephen Hall

10.14:

Available Today for free.

-Stephen Hall

10.14:

Social sharing features, night viewing, “continuous scrolling”, more languages.

-Stephen Hall

10.13:

iBooks 3.0 announced, plenty of new features coming.

-Stephen Hall

10.12:

“Today we’re introducing a new version with a new feature — continuous scrolling — just flick.”

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10.11:

“One of the most popular apps on the store is iBooks.”

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10.11:

“We’ve now paid out 6.5 billion dollars to developers”

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10.10:

” These apps are not stretched out iPhone apps.”

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10.10:

“We have over 700k apps in the store. 275k iPad apps, and growing.”

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10.09:

“Now onto the App Store.”

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10.09:

“Already in just last year, customers have sent 300 billion messages.”

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10.09:

“Already in just last year, customers have sent 300 billion messages.”

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10.07:

200 million iOS devices are already running iOS 6. “Fastest upgrade rate of any software in history.”

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10.07:

Ryan Block from gdgt.com: “Tim’s chatting up the enormous efforts of Apple to ship all these products. iPod touch and the new nano are “off to a fantastic start.” Tim quoted the Verge, and Nilay, who’s sitting a couple rows in front of me, chuckled loudly.”

-Stephen Hall

10.06:

“Last month we announced the iPhone and incredible new iPods. An amazingly thin iPod touch, with the same Retina display we have on iPhone 5.”

-Stephen Hall

10.05:

We apologize if automatic refreshing was not working. It should be set now.

-Joe Rossignol

10.05:

Tim’s Back!

-Stephen Hall

10.04:

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10.03:

Apple store promo video.

-Stephen Hall

10.02:

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10.02:

That guy in the audience using his iPad as a camera. Just no…

-Joe Rossignol

10.02:

“We’ve got some really exciting things to show you”

-Stephen Hall

10.01:

Tim Cook is on stage.

-Stephen Hall

10.01:

Here we go.

-Joe Rossignol

09.59:

Apple asking everyone to switch their devices to silent! Here we go!

-Stephen Hall

09.58:

Imagine Dragons – It’s Time

-Joe Rossignol

09.57:

3 minutes!

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09.57:

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09.56:

The quality is great on my MacBook Pro’s Retina display, too. California Theatre looks classy.

-Joe Rossignol

09.55:

Someone over at Apple is doing a great job of showing off how classy the inside of California Theatre is.

-Stephen Hall

09.53:

The quality of the live stream on my iPad is fabulous. Name that song, anyone?

-Stephen Hall

09.51:

Just under 10 minutes, folks. The stream over at apple.com is live.

-Stephen Hall

09.51:

Photo from inside California Theater Via @drwave

Beautiful.

 

 

-Stephen Hall

09.41:

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09.37:

Journalists waiting to get into the Apple event. Via @ClaytonMorris

-Stephen Hall

09.27:

Ryan Block for Gdgt.com writes: “Ok! I’m here! It’s been a long time since Apple has hosted an event at the California Theater in San Jose, I’m stoked. Unfortunately, it is PACKED.”

-Joe Rossignol

08.59:

T-minus one hour until the event begins! Do you guys think we’ll see any surprises today?

-Stephen Hall

08.29:

I’d like to remind everyone that you are welcome to join along in the discussion. We’ll highlight some of the comments posted by the iFans community that we find interesting throughout the keynote.

-Joe Rossignol

08.27:

Stephen and I will be manning the liveblog today, so we do hope that you’re all ready for a fun and exciting couple of hours.

-Joe Rossignol

08.26:

A little over an hour and a half until the event starts!

-Stephen Hall

08.25:

We’re live, peeps! Less than two hours to go until the event kicks off. Everyone excited?

-Joe Rossignol

08.24:

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