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How to Watch the Apple Special Event on 12th September 2017

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In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to watch the live Apple Special Event, on 12th September 2017, that is Apple is set to live broadcast over the internet.

You can watch the event on a Mac, on an iPad, iPhone or on a television via Apple TV. You could even watch in on a PC. 

If you miss the live event, all is not lost. I’ll show you how you can you can time-shift your viewing.

About the Apple Special Event

It has already announced that the live Apple special event will take place on Tuesday 12th September 2017 at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California in the United States. 

The tech press rumour mill, ahead of the event, is in overdrive with speculation that a number of new announcements are anticipated in relation to:

Hardware

  • iPhone 8
  • Updated iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • 4K Apple TV
  • Apple Watch 3 with LTE connectivity

Software

  • iOS 11
  • macOS 10.13 High Sierra


Set the Date

You may wish to set an event in your calendar, as a reminder, so that you do not miss the live-streaming of the Apple presentation.

The Apple special event is being held at:

  • 1000hrs PDTPacific Daylight Time 
  • 1700hrs GMTGreenwich Mean Time (similar to UTC)
  • 1800hrs BSTBritish Summer Time
  • 1900hrs CET—Central European Time
  • 0300hrs—Australia
Time zone differences around the world compared to Cupertino
Time zone differences around the world compared to Cupertino

It can be all a bit confusing, sometimes, working out what time the event starts in your part of the world. 

Add the event to your Calendar
Add the event to your Calendar

You can use this event.ics to add the date to your calendar in your time zone.

Requirements

In order to watch the event live, or catch up with it later, you’ll first need to ensure that you have the correct equipment and software in order to view it. This could be a good time to ensure that the software on the device is up-to-date.

Apple's live streaming uses Apple's HTTP Live Streaming, or HLS, technology and requires one of the following devices and depends upon software specification.

Mac

Watch the Apple special event on a Mac using the Safari web browser
Watch the Apple special event on a Mac using the Safari web browser

You’ll need a modern version of OS X from the last five years; one of the following:

  • OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion
  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • macOS 10.12 Sierra

In addition, you’ll need to be using Apple’s own web browser:

  • Safari 6.0.5 or later on macOS (formerly OS X)
  • Safari 7.0 or later on iOS

Launch the Safari browser and enter the following URL: https://www.apple.com/live/

iPhone and iPad

Watch the Apple special event on a Mac using an iPhone or iPad
Watch the Apple special event on a Mac using an iPhone or iPad

If you have an iPhone 3GS or first generation iPad, or any iOS device running iOS 6 or anything prior to it, you’ll be out of luck. Anything else, you should be set.

  • Safari on iOS 7.0 or later

Launch the Safari browser and enter the following URL: https://www.apple.com/live/

Apple TV

Watch the Apple special event on Apple TV using the Apple Events app
Watch the Apple special event on Apple TV using the Apple Events app

If you have one of the small, black Apple TV units, ensure that the software is up-to-date. You’ll not be able to stream the event on the original Apple TV, though.

  • Apple TV 2nd generation with software 6.2 or later
  • Apple TV 3rd generation with software 6.2 or later
  • Apple TV 4th generation

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.

Windows PC

View on a Windows PC running Windows 10 and the Edge browser
View on a Windows PC running Windows 10 and the Edge browser

If you are using a Windows PC, Apple is requiring you to be running Windows 10 with the Edge browser. That's right up-to-date and will rule out the majority of current PC users.

How to Watch Later

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

On a Mac, iPad or iPhone, launch the Safari browser and visit apple.com/live/ ...although you may have to wait a few hours after the keynote is live streamed before you'll be able to watch it here.

On the main screen of the Apple TV navigate to the Apple Events icon.

How to Watch Previous Apple Events

Catch up with historic Apple events at httpswwwapplecomapple-events
Catch up with historic Apple events at https://www.apple.com/apple-events/

To view the most recent Apple event, and other historic Apple events, visit https://www.apple.com/apple-events/ in a Safari browser on Mac or iOS.

Conclusion

The Apple TV is the ideal way to watch the Apple special event, either live or on catch-up, with the diminutive device showcasing Apple technology by live-streaming the event to the screen in the living room.

If you do not have, or do not have access to, an Apple TV, then the next best thing is an iPad or iPhone. Or watch the event at the desk on a desktop computer.

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