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Apple confirms it will live-stream iPad event

You'll be able to watch Apple lift the lid on its new products live as it happens -- provided the video stream holds up.


Apple has confirmed it will stream its 16 October event, giving eager spectators the chance to watch the tech giant unveil its latest gadgets as it happens.

Visitors to Apple's live site will see a holding page for the stream, with the text: "Join us here at on October 16 at 10am PT to watch our special event live."

The event is expected to see the arrival of new iPads and Macs, with discussion of Mac OS X Yosemite also in the cards.

Apple's last big event took place in early September, when the tech giant proudly touted the iPhone 6 and its bigger sibling, the iPhone 6 Plus. We also got our first tempting glimpse at the Apple Watch -- the company's attempt to dominate the ever-expanding world of wearable tech.

Our fingers are crossed that the live stream proves a little more stable than the one last month. Much of Apple's September event was marred for many viewers by sluggish, glitchy video and a translation audio track playing loudly over the feed.

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You'd be wise, then, to keep an eye on CNET's live blog from the event. We'll bring you blow-by-blow updates and photos from inside the event itself, so be sure to read our event guide, which tells you who'll be there and what time the keynote starts in your time zone. Be sure to bookmark this page, where we'll be hosting all our live coverage.

The invitation for the upcoming Apple event hints that "it's been way too long." The event will take place at Apple's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, a smaller venue than it's been using for its recent launches.

One challenge that the maker of glossy gadgetry faces is keeping interest in the iPad high. Earlier in the year its tablet shipments fell short of expectations. CEO Tim Cook is careful not to appear phased, however, and said in July, "We still feel the category as a whole is in its early days, and there's still significant innovation that can be brought to the iPad, and we can do that."