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Apple sets the stage for next week's iPad 3 event

Apple isn't holding its special media event until Wednesday, but it's already begun preparing the venue in downtown San Francisco.

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The outside of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where Apple is expected to unveil the iPad 3 next Wednesday.
The outside of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where Apple is expected to unveil the iPad 3 on Wednesday. James Martin/CNET

SAN FRANCISCO--Apple today began adorning the outside of San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts ahead of its media event next week.

That event, which is widely expected to bring the next version of its iPad, is once again taking place here. Apple has used it as its venue of choice for the iPad, as well as for its music-themed events that have brought new versions of the iPod.

In typical fashion, Apple has covered up the front of the building with its logo, once again choosing a multicolored paint splatter design similar to the one it used when first introducing the tablet in 2010. Last year the company went with a decidedly more minimal look.

CNET took a field trip down the street to snap a few shots of the venue getting all dressed up, which you can check out in the slideshow below. The event itself is Wednesday, and kicks off at 10 a.m. PT. CNET will be there to cover it live. Expect more details on that early next week.

Apple preps the scene for iPad event (photos)

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