Apple iPad live blog (Thursday, 8 March, 5am AESDT)
Apple is holding its iPad-themed event on Thursday, and you can get your full dose of the news right here.
San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where Apple's special event is taking place tomorrow.
(Credit: James Martin/CNET)
The event takes place in San Francisco, and kicks off on Thursday, 5am AEDST. CNET's Donald Bell, Jason Parker and Josh Lowensohn will be bringing you the news live, and we'll have live commentary from the Buzz Out Loud crew.
Tune in to the live blog here:
The big expectation, of course, is that Wednesday will bring the next iPad, possibly dubbed the iPad HD. Right around this time last year, the company unveiled the iPad 2, which was thinner, lighter and speedier than the first-generation model, and added two built-in cameras.
Among the features expected in the next model is a brand-new screen that doubles the resolution in each direction while keeping the panel the same size. Apple is also rumoured to be adding 4G LTE networking and a speedier processor, as well as improvements to the built-in cameras to make use of all of those extra pixels on the screen.
One other product expected to get a makeover is Apple's set-top box for televisions, the Apple TV. The product has been in scarce supply for the past few weeks, and went with nary a mention at Apple's last big product release for the iPhone 4S, although it's been talked up considerably by Apple CEO Tim Cook in recent chats with investors.
Rumours have pointed to the Apple TV getting an HD upgrade of its own, bumping up to 1080p output, from the 720p the product ships with. That's a reasonable expectation, given that Apple's upcoming OS X Mountain Lion update for Mac adds AirPlay mirroring, letting Mac users beam their screens to their TVs through the box. An update in quality will make a big difference to people who intend to use it to stream content to TVs, be it media or presentations.
CNET will use ScribbleLive to bring you live text and photos, blow by blow. We'll start the live blog about 30 minutes before Apple officially kicks off its event. One change from previous live blogs, if you've followed ours before, is that rather than embedding the ScribbleLive module here as in the past, we've set up a new page that we hope will give you an even better experience. As noted above, here's the link — leave it up in your browser, or bookmark it and come back: