New iPad Pros and the successor to the MacBook Air are expected to be unveiled in Brooklyn.

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A new iPad Pro with Face ID. A replacement for the MacBook Air — finally. And maybe even a new iPad Mini for good measure. Those are just some of new items we expect from Apple at its big event on Tuesday, Oct. 30 in Brooklyn, New York.

Last year, Apple didn’t have an October event. But for 2018, those products — and possibly some other refreshed Macs — are expected to take center stage, now that the frenzy over the three new iPhones and the Apple Watch Series 4 announced last month in Cupertino has died down.

Here’s how you can follow the event as it happens on Tuesday.

Watch live: Tuesday, Oct. 30

This is a rare East Coast event for Apple. And that means it’s beginning 3 hours earlier than usual. CNET will have a group of veteran Apple watchers live blogging on the scene backed up by dozens more around the world. (Look for the live blog link here soon.)

CNET preshow start time: 9:30 a.m. ET, 6:30 a.m. PT (See the start time where you are)

Event start time: 10 a.m. ET, 7 a.m. PT (See the start time where you are)

Liveblog from Brooklyn: We’ll have a full team live blogging on-site — Shara Tibken, Dan Ackerman and Scott Stein — along with real-time photos from ace photographer Sarah Tew.

Video simulcast: Join Patrick Holland, Vanessa Hand Orellana and Lexy Savvides from our studio in San Francisco for real-time coverage and analysis. (We’ll embed the video at the top of this story soon.)

Live event video: Apple is livestreaming the event. Watch it live at in the Safari browser on iPads, iPhones or iPod Touch models with iOS 9.0 or later; on Macs with MacOS 10.11 or later; on Windows PCs; or on Apple TV.

What to expect

Here’s a recap of what Apple is anticipated to announce in Brooklyn. Note that these are all rumored — nothing is confirmed:

  • Redesigned iPad Pros with Face ID, along with a new Apple Pencil
  • A new MacBook Air successor
  • A new Mac Mini (based on an August report)
  • Additional Mac hardware refreshes: We wouldn’t be surprised to see the existing iMac and 12-inch MacBook products get updated 2018 Intel CPUs. Whether Apple will announce that on stage or just wait for its online store to unveil the news after the event is anyone’s guess, however.

Most or all of the items above are widely expected. But what’s an Apple event without wishcasting some more long-shot possibilities? Take all of these with a huge grain of salt — at least for this event:

  • Updated AirPod headphones? Despite being hinted at in the video teaser that kicked it off, these were otherwise MIA at the September event.
  • AirPower charging pad? Except for a curious appearance in iPhone manuals, this product hasn’t been publicly mentioned by Apple since its September 2017 announcement alongside the iPhone X.
  • A HomePod price cut? There’s a lot to love about the Apple HomePod speaker, but its rich price tag isn’t one of them. Maybe, just maybe, Apple will goose holiday sales with a price cut. That’s one of our suggestions, anyway.


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