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Streaming Apple’s iPad Air 2 launch

tim-cook-ipadsApple is gearing up to launch its next generation of iPads at a special event Thursday.

The company is expected to unveil two new iPads, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini with Retina display 2, and reveal launch dates for OS X Yosemite and its new mobile payments platform, Apple Pay.

CEO Tim Cook will deliver the event’s keynote, which will take place at Apple’s campus in Cupertino. The presentation will be live streamed on Apple’s website beginning at 10 a.m. PT, Oct. 16.

Once again, Apple’s live stream will be limited to those watching via Safari on Mac OS X (10.6.8 or later) and iOS (iOS 6.0 or later) or those with a second or third generation Apple TV. However, there are workarounds for those who don’t use a supported device or browser.

The easiest way to get around Apple’s live stream restrictions is to change the user agent settings in your browser, which basically “tricks” websites into thinking you’re using a different browser. On Google Chrome, this can be done manually (check here, for a step by step guide) or by installing the User-Agent Switcher Chrome extension.

Firefox users can do the same with the User Agent Switcher add-on for Mozilla Firefox users.

It’s important to keep in mind that interest in Apple news is typically high so try to get your live stream setup ready to go before the 10 a.m. start time. Though we have a good idea of what to expect Thursday, there will likely be at least a few surprises so be sure to check Mashable’s liveblog for real-time updates and analysis from Cupertino.


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