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A worker cleans a what may soon be known as the big iPad tablet. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)
A worker cleans a what may soon be known as the big iPad tablet. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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The big reveal: Apple's iPad mini product launch Add to ...

Apple Inc. announced Tuesday it is revealing a smaller version of its hit iPad, with a screen that's about two-thirds the size of the full-size model. The device weighs 0.68 pounds and is as thin as a pencil, said marketing chief Phil Schiller. 

The company also refreshed its full-sized iPad, as well as its MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac Mini lines. 

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Globe Technology editor Shane Dingman sent updates from the California Theatre in sunny San Jose, where as of 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apple's latest hyped-up press event is unfolding. The globe's dominant consumer technology firm is expected to show off its latest mobile device (and maybe some other goodies) just in time for another all-out assault on your holiday gift-giving budget.

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With a file from the Associated Press

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