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Mar 2, 2011, 04:20 AM
 
Alright, just a few more hours until the event starts. Let's hear your predictions.

1. iPad 2
- dual core processor
- Facetime cameras
- No retina display
2. Free MobileMe with iTunes locker
3. iOS 5 sneak peak
- Better handling of notifications
- More integration with MobileMe.
- Weather App icon will no longer be static.
4. Steve Jobs will be absent.

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Mar 2, 2011, 04:52 AM
 
I won't be watching the event, but I'll definitely be eating pizza.
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 05:27 AM
 
iPad 2 for sure.
No Mac announcements aside from mention of Leopard preview.
iOS 5 preview.
Lots of talk about new APIs etc.

Probably won't happen but would be really fun:
AppleTV opened to developers
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 05:42 AM
 
2 versions of MobleMe:
- Free version - iAds supported
- Premium version - sans iAds

iPad 2

and one more thing...
- Steve Jobs
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 06:12 AM
 
-No Steve Jobs
-iPad 2 for sure, called iPad S
-Tim Cook/Phil Schiller/Forstall main presenters
-MobileMe improvements (still don't have much hope for that bag of smashed glass)
-iOS 5 preview (better be damn good, lots of competition: Android 3.0 and webOS)

iPad 2 will have front-facing and rear-facing camera; 2 speakers 16-bit stereo sound; be a bit thinner; same resolution; come in black or white; slightly smaller form factor (smaller bezel); dual core 1.2 GHZ with better GPU; 512 MB RAM.

You can see some specs are tempered improvements... here's why:

Might be 1.25 lbs. If they get it down to this weight, they're going to kill the competition. I love the TouchPad, but weight is a huge factor with tablets. 1.25 lbs. after careful consideration would be an amazing sweet spot for them to hit. I think you're going to see some major reductions in weight: Apple is well aware of the need and call to make the iPad lighter. We'll see if they could come through. I predict they're going to talk about they're main goal being weight reduction. I was disappointed in the TouchPad weighing 1.6 lbs. Has to be under 1.5.

Getting the weight down: glass panels available to Apple are now ~30-40% lighter than previous ones. The glass makes up a large portion of the iPad's weight. The battery makes up another large portion. Those battery patents may apply to the iPad. Better use of internal space, smaller battery, lighter touch panels, thinner design = less material. Modest improvements in hardware (RAM) with dual core (doesn't weigh hardly anything at all), and, AND, half the weight FLASH memory.

They might make the fabled 1.25 lbs.!!!
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 06:55 AM
 
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Originally Posted by Salty View Post
iPad 2 for sure.
No Mac announcements aside from mention of Leopard preview.
iOS 5 preview.
Lots of talk about new APIs etc.

Probably won't happen but would be really fun:
AppleTV opened to developers

"And after we are through, ten years in making it to be the most of glorious debuts."
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 10:53 AM
 
No-non iOS news, MobileMe to come free with any iDevice. And iPad 2.
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 10:57 AM
 
If mobileme becomes free with an iDevice, then I want a refund of my renewal that happened last month!
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 11:17 AM
 
Leaked: Apple major announcement

I know, it's old.
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 11:24 AM
 
Ooh, it's an Apple event where they are releasing a product I'm actually going to buy right away... good times.

I don't think I'm going to have any pizza unfortunately, but I'm going to try and watch. I might end up going home to watch it on my lunch break depending on how busy I am here today.

I'm not even going to bother predicting what we will see, but my prediction is the same as it always is... WE WILL BE DISAPPOINTED!

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Mar 2, 2011, 11:25 AM
 
There Will Be Bitching
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 11:36 AM
 
I wonder if there will be any surprises or if the rumor mill will have had the details pretty spot on. If it's not that notable an upgrade they should have skipped the media event and just done a silent roll out.

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Mar 2, 2011, 11:53 AM
 
The only thing that would disappoint me is if they don't have a 128 GB model. I may be traveling to Greece this year and if the Flash memory is big enough I will be able to leave my laptop at home. My father has a Mac there and I can sync to it if it were to be necessary (I can carry an external drive with a copy of my home directory).
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 12:04 PM
 
So is thing streaming or not? Still no link on Apple.com.

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Mar 2, 2011, 12:06 PM
 
Hadn't occurred to me. With no Jobs they might deem to forgo streaming the likely snoozefest.
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 12:07 PM
 
It's hard to eat pizza while constantly hitting COMMAND-R on a live-blog.

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Mar 2, 2011, 12:32 PM
 
When is it scheduled? Anyone know of a site doing live push updates yet?

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Mar 2, 2011, 12:33 PM
 
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Mar 2, 2011, 12:56 PM
 
Thank you for the link, kind Egyptian underworld deity.

Database problems seem to be returning. And the hampstor was doing so well for so many years!
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Mar 2, 2011, 01:02 PM
 
I love that this place is dead but we're an hour from the event and the server is already panicking.
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 01:28 PM
 
Server?
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Mar 2, 2011, 01:29 PM
 
Well, something is panicking.
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 01:44 PM
 
The only thing I want from Apple is a hint that the notification system will be fixed.
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 01:47 PM
 
It's not the server panicking, it's the hampstor. I guess someone refilled his water dispenser because things seem okay right now. I'd love to get a technical explanation for why those database errors happen.

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Mar 2, 2011, 01:59 PM
 
Originally Posted by Big Mac View Post
Thank you for the link, kind Egyptian underworld deity.
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Sure. When I destroy the world I'll make your death quick and painless.

Gizmodo Liveblog

Liveblog: Apple's March 2 iPad event
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Mar 2, 2011, 02:00 PM
 
Heeeeeeeeeeeeeere we go
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 02:01 PM
 
Yah notifications fixed would be a great iOS 5 feature!
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 02:03 PM
 
Steve Jobs and no online stream. Odd curveball.
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 02:05 PM
 
They'll probably post a video after the event.
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Mar 2, 2011, 02:05 PM
 
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the iPad will feature a retina display, because the background picture on the iPad on the invitation is the "raindrops" picture that was used to feature the high resolution of the iPhone 4's display.
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 02:07 PM
 
Engadget's live blog with pics seems to be working ok
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Mar 2, 2011, 02:08 PM
 
magical & revolutionary...
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Mar 2, 2011, 02:10 PM
 
Originally Posted by Kerrigan View Post
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the iPad will feature a retina display, because the background picture on the iPad on the invitation is the "raindrops" picture that was used to feature the high resolution of the iPhone 4's display.
It's the standard iOS 4 background on the iPad too...
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 02:10 PM
 
iPad yadda yadda yadda 9.5 billion...
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Mar 2, 2011, 02:11 PM
 
Originally Posted by imitchellg5 View Post
It's the standard iOS 4 background on the iPad too...
Oh, I need to get with the times.
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 02:13 PM
 
Haha... nice little jab at the disappointing Galaxy Tab sales.

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Mar 2, 2011, 02:13 PM
 
Phil Schiller lost weight, it seems.
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Mar 2, 2011, 02:14 PM
 
Originally Posted by olePigeon View Post
They'll probably post a video after the event.
Not the point.
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 02:14 PM
 
AAPL have jumped over $3 since Steve walked on stage.
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 02:15 PM
 
thunderbolt everywhere!!!!!!!!!!
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Mar 2, 2011, 02:18 PM
 
Always got to have lots of fluff.

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Mar 2, 2011, 02:20 PM
 
A5 chip!
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Mar 2, 2011, 02:20 PM
 
two video cameras!
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Mar 2, 2011, 02:22 PM
 
Thinner than the iPhone 4... insanity.
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 02:24 PM
 
White and black and AT&T and Verizon from day one.
     
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Mar 2, 2011, 02:24 PM
 
White iPad.

"And we're shipping white from day one!" Tee-hee.

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Wow, that mofo is super thin.
     
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same price ( hmmm)
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Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
Wow, that mofo is super thin.
That is pretty amazing, it's sick.
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Mar 2, 2011, 02:26 PM
 
Ugh. Still a $130 premium on 3G. Why Apple?

And separate AT&T/VZW SKUs as well. I'd have predicted less SKUs (one for both carriers, no more Wifi/3G tiers). Meh.
     
 
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