Apple iPad live blog (Wednesday, March 7)

CNET brings you live news from Apple's special event in San Francisco.

  • Josh Lowensohn 3/7/2012 3:07:40 PM
    We'll be back @ 9:30 a.m. PT everyone.
  • john.falcone 3/7/2012 4:14:06 PM
    Hi everyone. We'll start this live event at 12:30pm ET / 9:30am PT. In the meantime, here's a full round-up of CNET's coverage so far: news.cnet.com
  • john.falcone 3/7/2012 4:35:17 PM
    iPad 3--What we expect: reviews.cnet.com
  • john.falcone 3/7/2012 4:36:20 PM
  • john.falcone 3/7/2012 4:54:32 PM
  • Donald Bell 3/7/2012 5:22:30 PM

    Schmoozing. Mingling. Hydrating.

  • Josh Lowensohn 3/7/2012 5:25:28 PM

    More crowd.

  • Donald Bell 3/7/2012 5:25:37 PM

    Erica Ogg is here, just like old times.

  • john.falcone 3/7/2012 5:26:11 PM
    Hi everyone! We'll be starting the pre-show in 5 minutes.
  • Josh Lowensohn 3/7/2012 5:29:23 PM
  • john.falcone 3/7/2012 5:30:52 PM
    Hi everyone, and welcome to the CNET liveblog of today's Apple event!
  • Rich Brown 3/7/2012 5:31:18 PM
    Howdy, all.
  • john.falcone 3/7/2012 5:31:41 PM
    We have our reporters on the scene at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, where they'll be reporting soon. (They're filing in now.)
  • john.falcone 3/7/2012 5:31:52 PM
    In the meantime, welcome to the pre-game show.
  • john.falcone 3/7/2012 5:32:13 PM
    There are literally tens of thousands of you watching right now.
  • Josh Lowensohn 3/7/2012 5:32:22 PM
  • Rich Brown 3/7/2012 5:32:54 PM
    No live video or stream, for those asking.
  • john.falcone 3/7/2012 5:33:21 PM
    BUT, we will have a live Buzz Out Loud going on this page
  • john.falcone 3/7/2012 5:33:35 PM
    with Molly Wood and Brian Tong, starting in a few minutes.
  • Josh Lowensohn 3/7/2012 5:34:02 PM

    The setup from last week.

  • Rich Brown 3/7/2012 5:34:23 PM
    Don't fear, there will be pics from inside.
  • Josh Lowensohn 3/7/2012 5:34:52 PM
    In we go!
  • john.falcone 3/7/2012 5:35:07 PM
    The event is scheduled to start in about 25 minutes
  • moonstoan 3/7/2012 5:35:55 PM
    Any chance for Apple to reveal something else along with the iPad? Say, new Macbook Pro line?
  • john.falcone 3/7/2012 5:36:07 PM
    I doubt we'll see MacBooks today.
  • Donald Bell 3/7/2012 5:36:17 PM

    The doors open.

  • john.falcone 3/7/2012 5:36:43 PM
    But Intel is refreshing its CPU (from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge), so I wouldn't be surprised to see new MacBooks before summer.
  • fatdawg 3/7/2012 5:37:20 PM
    Wondering if 4G will be in the new iPad... Would def have to upgrade if it is!
  • john.falcone 3/7/2012 5:38:02 PM
    I think 4G (LTE) wireless is definitely a feature a lot of folks are looking forward to. It would be Apple's first 4G device, and bode well for the next iPhone.
  • john.falcone 3/7/2012 5:44:15 PM
    Our reporters are entering the venue now
  • Josh Lowensohn 3/7/2012 5:44:26 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 3/7/2012 5:44:28 PM
    Hey everyone, we just got all set up here.
  • john.falcone 3/7/2012 5:45:19 PM
    As a reminder, we're expecting a new iPad with a high-res "Retina" screen,
  • john.falcone 3/7/2012 5:45:34 PM
    possibly 4G wireless, a faster CPU, and maybe Siri as well
  • Josh Lowensohn 3/7/2012 5:45:38 PM
  • Swift 3/7/2012 5:45:55 PM
    What about Cases? I haven't seen or heard anything about them. I am really hoping they upgrade to something different from the smart cover.
  • Donald Bell 3/7/2012 5:45:55 PM
  • john.falcone 3/7/2012 5:46:13 PM
    Rumor is that the body of the iPad 3 will be similar enough to the iPad 2 to use existing cases
  • john.falcone 3/7/2012 5:46:23 PM
    We'll know for sure in an hour or so!
  • john.falcone 3/7/2012 5:46:46 PM
    In addition to the new iPad (possibly called iPad HD).
  • Josh Lowensohn 3/7/2012 5:47:04 PM
    Wow, this place just got spooky quiet. Just a lull between songs though. Some giggles about that.
  • Josh Lowensohn 3/7/2012 5:47:40 PM
    Spotted in the front: Scott Forstall, Apple's SVP of iOS software. There's probably a reason he's here...
  • john.falcone 3/7/2012 5:48:04 PM
    we're also expecting a new Apple TV box
  • Josh Lowensohn 3/7/2012 5:48:07 PM
    Noteworthy: there's no chair as with previous years. That's a bit odd.
  • john.falcone 3/7/2012 5:48:25 PM
    (not the rumored Apple HDTV, but just an upgrade of the existing Apple TV $99 box)
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