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iPad mini event to be live-streamed by Apple

Honestly, we didn’t expect this from Apple. The iPhone-maker will live-stream its iPad mini event, which will be held in San Jose, California today at 6pm (UK time). The video feed will be available via Apple TV or Apple’s official website.

The Apple Events app will be streaming the event on the Apple TV devices. Currently, the app shows the iPad mini invitation, showing the Apple logo with a colourful background. The invitation was sent to media the week before.

To view the event on Apple’s website, the Cupertino firm says that you will be required to use “Safari 4 or later on Mac OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later”. Sadly, this means that streaming the event on Apple’s website is only open to iOS and Mac users.

We can’t say for sure that Apple will be lifting the lid on the iPad mini at the event. All we have is a clue. On Apple’s invitation to the event, it reads, “We’ve got a little more to show you.” The only clue pointing to a smaller device is the word ‘little’. Is this anything to go by? Based on Apple’s past invitation (iPhone 5 unveiling), it shows the number ‘12’ (referring to the 12th of September when the new iPhone was unveiled) casting a shadow forming the number ‘5’. As you can see, the word ‘little’ is a clue.

The hotly-anticipated iPad mini is rumoured to come with the Lightning connector, which can also be found on the iPhone 5. It also sports a 7.85-inch display. However, it will not be a retina display just like the new iPad.

A new iPad refresh is expected to b unveiled at the event. The refresh of Apple’s current slate sports the Lightning connector and more impressive specs. The UK is said to benefit more from the new iPad refresh, since it can connect to EE’s 4GEE network.

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