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Apple’s “Back to the Mac” Announcement Kicks Off at 1pm EDT: How to Follow

Apple‘s Back to the Mac announcement is scheduled to begin at 1pm EDT: While some details of the announcement appear to have leaked via Apple’s forums, including a new MacBook Air, iLife ’11, and a possible mystery product, no one yet knows for certain what’s in store.

It seems pretty likely that the announcement will tease a new version of Mac OS X, tentatively known as “Lion” to the blogosphere thanks to the promotional picture Apple sent out last week (left); however, it’s unclear whether that’d be ready to go on people’s computers anytime soon or would merely be a sneak peek, consistent with Apple’s schedule of releasing the past three updates two years apart each; then again, the rules may be different now.

Update: We’ve written a comprehensive roundup of all the big announcements this afternoon.

A few ways to follow the announcement:

Video: Apple will be streaming live video of the Back to Mac announcement on their website beginning at 1:00pm EDT/10am PDT; however, they say that viewing requires a Mac running OS X 10.6 or higher (Snow Leopard) and using Safari, an iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 3.0 or higher, or an iPad. Presumably, MacRumors’ VLC workaround will still work for Windows users hoping to watch the announcement, however.

Liveblogs: A few of the sites liveblogging the event:

*Gizmodo’s liveblog

*Engadget’s liveblog

*Ars Technica’s liveblog

*Wired.com’s liveblog

*NYTimes.com’s liveblog

*WSJ’s liveblog

*CNET’s liveblog

*AllThingsD’s liveblog

*MacRumors’ liveblog

*MacLife’s liveblog

*ReadWriteWeb’s liveblog

*SlashGear’s liveblog

*PCMag’s liveblog

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