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Apple to live stream Oct. 16 iPad event on Web and Apple TV

Apple on Friday announced through its website plans to live stream an upcoming special media event to be held on Oct. 16, at which the company is expected to unveil revamped iPad and, possibly, iMac models.




According to Apple's website, the Oct. 16 event will be streamed live through a special webpage usually reserved for hosting webcasts of major product launches, the most recent being the iPhone 6 debut in September.

Apple's live stream begins at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern with coverage piped to Macs, iOS devices and Apple TVs. The company sent out invitations reading "It's been way too long" to press outlets on Wednesday.

At the event, Apple is widely expected to launch next-generation iPad models with Touch ID fingerprint recognition, upgraded A8-series processor and minor aesthetic enhancements. Photos of a supposedly "leaked" iPad Air dummy unit hit the Web earlier this week showing recessed volume control buttons, porthole speaker grilles and a slimmed-down 7-millimeter profile.

Along with the hardware adjustments, recent rumors suggest a new gold color will be added to the current silver and Space Grey options, bringing the iPad in line with Apple's latest iPhone offerings.

Apple is also expected to launch OS X 10.10 Yosemite, the next-generation Mac operating system that supports iOS 8 Continuity features like app handoffs and voice calling through a connected iPhone, alongside a host of other improvements.

Less certain are new iMac and Mac mini models. Apple's all-in-one desktop is rumored to feature refreshed hardware highlighted by a new 5K Retina display for the 27-inch version. As for the Mac mini, rumblings have pointed to a possible update, though reports regarding the headless desktop are few and far between.

AppleInsider will be providing live, comprehensive coverage of the event starting at 10 a.m .Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern.