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LIVE UPDATE: Apple’s Special October 16th Event Will Be Padded With Goodies!

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Update: I am intrigued about the “It’s Been Far Too Long” theme for today’s event. Can this pertain to a new and improved Apple TV product?

Please excuse my hokey headline but I am competing against all the bigwig tech sites for page views here.

Nevertheless, suffice it so say, Wednesday’s October 16th Apple Event will be devoted to the unveiling of the new iPads. These iPads may be thinner and faster and will probably boast a camera upgrade, Apple Pay, Touch ID, new Colors, new Cases and more.

Also, I expect that Apple will reference the Yosemite Update for Mac, with a probable release date in October.

It would be great to see an update to the Apple TV Unit but right now i am holding my breath in hope that this Apple Event will stream seamlessly via the current Apple TV – unlike the brouhaha of their September event. What a train wreck. Seriously. I couldn’t provide live updates because of this glitch.

At any rate, I don’t think there will be any major surprises because so many details have already been leaked. But, one never knows.

So come back at 1:00 PM Eastern (10:00 AM Pacific) on Wednesday for the live GTG update.

What are your predictions for tomorrow’s event?

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Apple October 22nd iPad Event Will Be Live Streamed On Apple TV And The Internet

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In 90 minutes, Apple honchos will take to the stage at the Yerba Buena center in California,

A high degree of fanfare and hoopla has surrounded this particular Apple Event and justifiably so.

A new line of iPads, a MacBook Pro refresh, a new line of really, really, really Smart Covers, an upgrade to the Apple TV unit and more have hit the the rumour mill over the past few weeks.

And to add to the anticipation and excitement engulfing this event, Apple has announced that live streaming will be available via Apple TV and the Official Apple website.

That’s pretty huge if you ask me! There was none of this when Apple launched the iPhone 5C and 5S in September.

Could this be the start of something big – something revolutionary even? It could be!

Here is the quick link, courtesy of TechCrunch:

“For visitors on the web, the event will go live at the Apple Events section of its homepage when it starts in just a few hours. So to recap, you’ll need the following to tune in:

Safari on the Mac or iOS
An Apple TV gen 2 or 3, with the Apple Events channel that arrives special and automatically when things like this go down.”

I will be adding updates right here in this blog topic, so refresh often and tune in for my impressions. It’s going to be an exciting day.

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Apple Still Has “A Lot To Cover” At The Scheduled October 22nd Event.

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The invitations have gone out to the media! Let the countdown begin.

According to AllThingsD, our reliable, go-to source for all things Apple, Apple has sent invitations out for their highly touted iPad and more event on October 22nd in the Yerba Buena Center For The Arts. Read the rest of this entry

Blame It All On The IPad 2

Grannie The Geek Waiting For The IPad 2. Seated! Mall At Millennia

Grannie The Geek Waiting For The IPad 2. Seated! Mall At Millennia

I  should have known that something new and different was about to emerge when I turned 60.

My zany mind coupled with my necessity for change has always been a mixed blessing in my life.

I suffer from the”pot of gold” syndrome – always looking for the new and exciting ways in which to invest my life here on this grand ‘ole planet.

And, truth be told, who goes to Florida for three weeks of sun and relaxation with one sole purpose in mind: to stand in line in front of the Apple Store at the Mall Of Millenia, awaiting the release  and acquisition of a shiny new IPad 2? That would be me – the eternal “pot of gold” lady.

Mind you, the three weeks of  gorgeous weather, in the company of family and friends, was truly the icing on the cake. Great memories that I will treasure forever.

Yet, I tell ‘ya, I had so many laughs waiting in this ridiculously long IPad 2 line. I met so many people whom I will never see again but with whom I instantly bonded. We were all there for the same reason – we wanted the IPad 2 and loved Apple Products so much.

Waiting In Line For The IPad 2

So, at 1:30 P.M., I planted myself at the back of the 2nd line (oh dear), behind a sweet young man named Zach or Zack – I never asked the spelling of his name – and his family who rallied to give us support and conversation.

My husband took off to explore the Mall – he wanted no part of this! Although, he did return an hour or so later to give me a break. That “for better or for worse” pledge really kicked in big time.

However, we were actually very lucky because there was a seating area where our section of the line was situated, so the 4.5 hours breezed by pretty quickly.  And we amused ourselves taking videos and pictures of all the poor souls who had to stand up and/or lie on the floor.

At one point, we became delusional with hunger and fatique, thinking, perhaps, we should temporarily offer our seats for some of those behind us who were standing for hours on end.

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Apple Goodies While We Waited For The Release Of The IPad 2

However, in timely fashion, the Apple Team came around with food and beverages and we were lifted from our stupor – securing our well-earned seats while we nourished ourselves.

The Apple Team made absolutely certain that we were always well-hydrated and fueled, routinely walking by with a grab bag full of goodies and water. And, for the trendy geeks, the Starbucks was just above us on the upper level, so all was good.

As we looked up, we noticed that throngs of people were gathering on the second level, just watching the madness. These Apple Release Days have truly become spectator events. And then, when we looked back, the line had grown and snaked its way to the end of the mall and danced a loop-dee-loo in the process.

The View From Above: Waiting For The IPad 2 At The Millennium Mall In Orlando Florida

The View From Above: Waiting For The IPad 2 At The Millennium Mall In Orlando Florida

Suddenly, the long wait in line was well worth the time and effort. Call us crazy? Crazy like a Fox!

Finally, the bewitching hour approached – 5:00 P.M. – and the doors opened to much fanfare. There were, perhaps 80-100 people in front of us -a good 60 -90 minute wait we figured until we were at the head of the line. But, thankfully, we were below the Food Court and the wirelessly endowed Starbucks, so all was good.

We decided to spend our time taking a survey on which model of the IPad 2 everyone was hoping to purchase. Black + 64 GIGS +3G +Wireless was the popular pick. Now, we were worried. What if they everyone ahead of us had the same goal?

However, as we drew closer to the front of the line, an Apple employee came outside the main doors and said that the white, wireless 8GIG IPad was sold-out.

And we breathed a collective sigh of relief as we jumped another hurdle.

Getting Closer: IPad 2 Release Day At The Millennium Mall In Orlando Florida

Getting Closer: IPad 2 Release Day At The Millennium Mall In Orlando Florida

We were also saving places in line for those who needed a bathroom break and/or a Starbucks.

At one point, an IPad 2 customer,who was situated behind me, disappeared to grab a Starbucks just as we entered the final stretch of the line-up. I guess it was “coffee time” in the mall because it appeared that he was never coming back.

Lots of suspense and drama ensued. It was important after all, we are talking about a Starbucks coffee. However, he made it down the escalator just in the knick of time.

Soon, I was at the front of the line and greeted and escorted by a very courteous, caffeine-enriched Apple Employee. And, before I knew it, I was the proud owner of a black IPad 2- AT&T 3G plus wireless.

However, when it came time to set up my AT&T account, the AT&T program refused my credit card because it was listed under a Canadian address. Now, let me tell you that I just paid for this IPad with the same credit card, so this all seemed a little surreal to me and the Apple people.

After endlessly trying to break the AT&T system, the Apple Team encouraged me to take a run over to the AT&T store situated outside the Mall At Millennia. The AT&T people were great as well, but nothing they tried worked. It was a nightmare.

The IPad 2 line in the Millennium Mall Was the Length Of the Mall Times 3

The IPad 2 line in the Millennium Mall Was the Length Of the Mall Times 3

So back to the Apple Store I went, manoeuvred myself around the still growing line of people waiting to purchase an IPad 2 and hooked up with an Apple employee called Gary. I decided to exchange my IPad for a purely wireless model, which was a very good call because of the Personal HotSpot capability on my IPhone 4.

When I told Gary my story he burst out laughing and said: “Let me get this straight. You waltzed past all these IPad 2 customers and didn’t try to sell them your IPad?” I said: “Hey – my mind doesn’t work that way. I just want my IPad 2 so I can go home and play with it.”

Gary more than complied but thought the whole scenario was hilarious. I was too tired to care, but he did put a smile on my face with his enthusiastic and helpful manner.

And so back to the condo I went, husband patiently in tow, to begin my 1st new adventure as Grannie The Geek – owner of a spanking new IPad 2.

 

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