Apple to live stream iPad mini announcement via Apple TV, Safari

Apple will live stream its iPad mini event today via Apple TV and its Safari browser.

The event, which kicks off at 1 p.m. Eastern, will be available via the second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later. On the Web, Apple fans can tune in on the Mac, provided they are running Safari 4 or later on Mac OS X v10.6 or later. Those with the iPhone can watch if they have iOS 4.2 or higher.

More details about this "Special Event" are available on apple.com.

Apple does not usually live stream its press events. Those who want real-time information about what's going on must tune in to one of the dozens live blogs from news outlets in attendance.

Back in October 2010, the company did live stream its "Back to the Mac" event, where it unveiled the 11.6in MacBook Air, as well as a new 13.3in model. There were reports that Apple did this to test capacity at its giant North Carolina data centre, which at the time was still under construction.

Apple is rumoured to be announcing the a smaller, 7.85in iPad mini at today's event, and possibly a 13in version of the MacBook Pro with Retina display. ITProPortal will be live-blogging today's event, so tune in for all the details. Until then, check out Sascha Segan's take on what to expect at the iPad mini event.