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Apple sets the stage for the iPad 2

With the expected launch of the iPad 2 tomorrow, Apple is getting ready in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Here are a few photos we grabbed outside the convention center.

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CNET expects that the Apple event to be held tomorrow at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' Novell Theater in San Francisco will be the unveiling of the iPad 2.
CNET expects that the Apple event to be held tomorrow at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' Novell Theater in San Francisco will be the unveiling of the iPad 2. James Martin/CNET

 
Famously tight-lipped and secretive before product announcements, Apple security tries to block our cameras from peering through the front windows of the Novell Theater.
Famously tight-lipped and secretive before product announcements, Apple security tries to block our cameras from peering through the front windows of the Novell Theater. James Martin/CNET

 
Unhappy with our snooping around outside the theater Monday afternoon, Apple security stepped outside as I took this photo.
Unhappy with our snooping around outside the theater Monday afternoon, Apple security stepped outside as I took this photo. James Martin/CNET

 
The Apple logo on the wall inside the lobby of the Novell Theater.
The Apple logo on the wall inside the lobby of the Novell Theater. James Martin/CNET

 
Passersby speculated that this might be Phil Schiller's $250,000 Aston Martin parked along 3rd Street in San Francisco yesterday.
Passersby speculated that this might be Phil Schiller's $250,000 Aston Martin parked along 3rd Street in San Francisco yesterday. James Martin/CNET

 
The flashy Aston Martin's license plate reads "V 007".
The flashy Aston Martin's license plate reads "V 007". James Martin/CNET

 
Apple staff is set up on the second floor of the Novell Theater preparing for tomorrow's event.
Apple staff is set up on the second floor of the Novell Theater preparing for tomorrow's event. James Martin/CNET

 
Colorful confetti-like dots cover the front of the Novell Theater along Howard Street in San Francisco yesterday. Tomorrow, Apple will hold an event CNET believes will be the launch of the second-generation iPad.
Colorful confetti-like dots cover the front of the Novell Theater along Howard Street in San Francisco yesterday. Tomorrow, Apple will hold an event CNET believes will be the launch of the second-generation iPad.