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How to Watch the WWDC 2014 Keynote, Live

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Whether you have time free to watch the WWDC keynote event live, or prefer to see it later, I'll show you the ways in which you can keep up-to-date with the latest developments in iOS and OS X, from Apple. 

On Monday 2nd June 2014 at 1000hrs PDT–Pacific Daylight Time (which is 1700hrs GMT–Greenwich Mean Time or 1800hrs BST–British Summer Time), Apple will live stream the keynote event that kicks off the 2014 Worldwide Developer Conference, WWDC, that runs from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th June. 

About WWDC

Apple’s WWDC 2014 Keynote will be live streamed 

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC, is designed to provide developers an in-depth look at the latest developments in iOS and OS X. 

With in excess of 100 sessions, led by Apple engineers, developers can be inspired and get support from Apple experts through a number of hands-on labs. It's an opportunity for developers to network with fellow developers from around the world.

Ticket Registration and Allocation

Tickets were allocated randomly to those developers who had registered back in April 2014

The demand for tickets to each WWDC event is huge and growing all the time.  For instance, the 2011 WWDC event sold out in under 12 hours, the 2012 event sold out in less than two hours and the 2013 event sold out in less than two minutes.

Incredible when you consider that each ticket costs $1,599.

For the WWDC 2014 event, Apple invited registration–between 7th and 14th April–for tickets from current members of iOS, Mac and Enterprise Developer programmes.  The tickets were then allocated by way of random selection.

The bad news is that you are now too late to register for tickets to the WWDC 2014 event.  The good news is that Apple, since 2013, live streams the events to developers worldwide. And, of course, anyone else who is interested.

Viewing Requirements

In order to watch the live stream of Apple's WWDC 2014 keynote event, you will need an Apple device running the Safari web browser.  Or you will need Quicktime 7 installed on a Windows PC.

Of course, you will need a broadband internet connection in order to maintain the quality of the live streamed event.  

If you are using an iPhone or iPad on 3G or 4G telephone services, you may want to switch to a Wi-Fi connection to avoid running up huge data charges, unless you have an unlimited data plan.

What to Expect

As is usually the case, Apple has not given anything away prior to the event and is anticipated to make some big announcements.

Expectations are that Apple will announce OS X 10.10, currently codenamed Syrah, which is expected to feature a redesigned user interface that removes much of the skeupmorphic elements, the linen and leather texture effects, to become a flatter interface more along the lines of iOS 7.

In addition to the refresh of the OS X graphical user interface, GUI, Apple is expected to make announcements in the areas of health and fitness tracking, smart home appliances and an updated version of the iPhone and iPad operating system: iOS 8.

Whether any, or all, of these come to pass is just a matter for conjecture.  That's why you'll need to watch the event.

How to Watch Live on a Mac

Watch on a Mac using the Safari web browser

In order to live stream the keynote event, you'll require Safari 4.0 or later on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later.

You'll most probably have Safari 7.0.4 if you are running OS X 10.9 Mavericks on the Mac. 

Launch the Safari browser and enter the following URL: https://www.apple.com/apple-events/june-2014/

How to Watch Live on iPad or iPhone

Watch via Safari on an iPad or iPhone, but be aware of data usage charges if on 3G or 4G

If you wish to watch in an iPhone or iPad, you can do so through Safari on iOS 4.2 or later. The latest version od iOS is 7.1.1. 

Launch the Safari browser and enter the following URL: https://www.apple.com/apple-events/june-2014/

How to Watch Live on Apple TV

An Apple TV is, perhaps, one of the best ways to watch the Apple WWDC 2014 keynote

You can also live stream the keynote via an Apple TV.  This is a great way to watch, on a television, from the comfort of a sofa. It's a great use of Apple technology; you'll require a second or third-generation Apple TV running software 5.0.2 or later.

On the main screen of the Apple TV there is an icon, Apple Events. By selecting this, you will be able to live stream the event as it happens.

How to Watch Live on a Windows PC

Watch the WWDC 2014 keynote on a PC and see what you are missing

If you are a PC user, you will need QuickTime 7 for Windows installed in order to view.  Perhaps now is a good time to buy a Mac. 

How to Watch Later

Catch up with WWDC 2014 when you have time, later

If, for any reason, you are unable to watch the event–live–you will be able to catch up and view the keynote in your own time.

On a Mac, iPad or iPhone, launch Safari and navigate to https://www.apple.com/apple-events/ ...although it may be a few hours after the keynote is live streamed before you'll be able to watch it here.

On an Apple TV, navigate to the Apple Events icon.

How to Watch Previous Apple Events

Catch up with historic Apple events.  Look, there’s Scott Forstall!

If you wish to watch any historic Apple keynotes and announcements, you can do that whenever you like.

On a Mac, iPad or iPhone, launch Safari and navigate to https://www.apple.com/apple-events/ 

On an Apple TV, navigate to the Apple Events icon.

Conclusion

The Apple TV is a fantastic device that is well suited to exactly this type of scenario. It is incredibly powerful for Apple to be able to broadcast this event directly into its customers' homes and offices.

Of course, you don't have to own an Apple TV, you can access the event from another Apple device.  It's even possible for PC owners to see what is going on–and what they are missing out on–so long as they install QuickTime 7 in order to watch.


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