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iPad mini announcement meta-liveblog

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iPad mini announcement meta-liveblog
After years of rumors or speculation, the day is finally here. The day when Apple is expected to unveil the iPad mini - an iPad with a smaller screen and a cheaper price tag that will try to compete with popular small tablets like the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD.

If you want to follow the event as it unfolds, please feel free to keep track of our liveblog below. We'll be making sure to keep you posted with up-to-the-minute updates, so that you can almost feel as if you're right there at the California Theater in San Jose.

Stay with us, guys and gals, as the event is going to begin at: 10AM PT | 12PM CT | 1PM ET | 7PM Central European.

Images courtesy of The Verge.

Live event tracker

13:15And be sure to stay with us, as we have a lot of interesting content coming right up!
13:15Thanks for being with us, guys! This is Ray, signing off.
13:14And just like that, Tim thanks to all the cool people at Apple for working so hard, and closes the presentation.
13:11Now Mr. Cook is going through all their announcements this year. It all really sounds quite impressive like that.
13:10And after a short TV ad for the new iPad mini, Tim Cook, aka The Boss, is back on to close the show.
13:08As expected, pre-orders are starting October 26, and the device is shipping on November 2 (for the Wi-Fi version).
13:07And there it is - iPad mini starts at $329.
13:06A full set of Smart Covers will be available for the iPad mini.
13:06Your friendly neighborhood PR, Phil Schiller, is back on stage.
13:05The iPad mini looks veeery hot. Though we have the feeling Apple won't be willing to give it to you for less than $300.
13:02They are rolling a video about the iPad mini now. Yes, Jony Ive is there, in a white room.
13:01The iPad mini gets an A5 processor, LTE, FaceTime HD camera, 5MP iSight camera, Lightning port, and 10-hour battery life.
13:00Phil compares popular apps made for iPad and Android, as you can imagine, iPad's look much better.
12:59Well, this really looks bigger.
12:58"The iPad mini is about 50% larger display area in the browser."
12:58"Theirs is made of plastic, it's thicker and heavier." Well, he has a point there, but let's hear the price then...
12:57Phil is doing a side-by-side comparison with the Nexus 7. "Let's look at the bezels around the display."
12:56"So it's great for reading your email, surfing the web, managing your photos."
12:55So, it's still a 4:3 display, meaning that all those powerful apps will run on the mini as well.
12:55It's just 7.2 mm thin, weights 0.68 lbs, 7.9" display, with the same resolution as the iPad 2, which is 768 x 1024 pixels.
12:53"So this iPad mini, is just 7.2mm thick. That's about a quarter thinner than the 4th gen iPad. Thinner than a pencil."
12:52Good job, Phil! That was a timely update to the iPad. But now here's the iPad mini! And the crowd gives a big round of applause.
12:52The new Lightning connector, comes in black or white, and once again, starts at $499!
12:51The iPad 4 comes with a faster A6X chip, 10-hour battery life, 2X CPU and GPU performance, better camera, better LTE, better Wi-Fi...
12:50Wow, Phil has announced the 4th generation iPad!
12:49But as Tim say that they are just getting started and have some new stuff for us, he invites Phil back to the stage!
12:49It seems about 94% of the Fortune 500 companies are testing or deploying the iPad as their mobile computer solution.
12:48The new iBooks Author is available today. But Tim also mentions that the iPad "is taking the business world by storm too".
12:47They are announcing a new version of iBooks Author, offering some new templates for books, custom fonts, multitouch widgets.
12:46"There are now 2500 classrooms in the US with iBooks textbooks."
12:45Apparently, teachers around the world are quite impressed by the iPad.
12:44"One of the things that is so rewarding is how quickly iPad has been embraced in education."
12:41Interestingly, the iPad's web traffic continues to get higher, compared to that of other tabs...
12:41"We've now sold over 100 million iPads."
12:40Now Tim Cook is back on stage to talk about the iPad! YEAAAH!
12:40The iMacs will be shipping next month.
12:40The 21.5" iMac will cost $1299, while the 27" iMac will set you back with $1799.
12:39The HDD will be used for the capacity-hungry stuff. Neat!
12:38As well as the bandwidth-hungry apps.
12:38Through software, they will appear as a single drive in the system, but the SSD will be used for the pre-installed software.
12:37Now that's really cool - the new iMac will have a feature called Fusion Drive - it'll have both an SSD and HDD.

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