Apple's iPad 2 Event: How To Follow Live, What To Expect

Apple is hosting a special event in San Francisco starting Wednesday at 1 p.m. EST. The company is expected to unveil a refresh of 2010's smash-hit product, the iPad.

Many expect the unofficially named "iPad 2" to feature beefier specs, a slimmer build and dual webcams. Apple may also reveal white and black models, 9to5mac reports. MacLife offers a sobering prediction: "While many may be disappointed if Apple doesn't 'shock and awe' with the next iPad, the reality is that the company's tablet is leading the market by such a wide margin at this point, Cupertino can still afford to coast a little bit -- at least until September, when the rumor mill claims we'll likely see a more spectacular iPad 2 with the bells and whistles that make us all swoon." (For our latest iPad 2 rumor roundup, click here.)

Engadget writes that a new version of iOS, as well as some other goodies, could also be on the docket.

Many are wondering if Steve Jobs, who has taken a leave of absence for undisclosed medical reasons, will make a surprise appearance at today's event. We'll have to wait and see.

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For live Twitter coverage, see our list of tech journalists or our list for Apple news outlets.