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How to Watch the 'Spring Forward' Apple Special Event on 9th March 2015

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In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to watch the live Spring Forward Apple special event that is being 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.

Don’t worry if you miss the live event, I’ll show you how you can watch on catch-up.

About the 'Spring Forward' Apple Special Event

As with anything Apple, speculation is rife as to what Apple will showcase at this special event to be held on Monday 9th March 2015 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Fancisco.

The tech press is alive with rumour, insight and educated guesses as to what Apple will reveal.

Given the Spring Forward reference to daylight savings time changes, as the event title, it is inevitable that Apple will confirm more detail on the Apple Watch that has already been announced. Apple’s wearable device has been the subject of much speculation; it is set to confirm pricing, availability dates and locations and battery life.

The rest of the presentation may, or may not, see a reimagining of Apple’s retail stores, updated MacBook Pros with Intel Broadwell chips and maybe an evolution of Apple’s hobby device: the Apple TV.

Other ideas mooted are a Retina version of the MacBook Air, a 12” iPad and a new music streaming service.

But none of those are guaranteed.

It’s a Date

TimeIs is a great site for working out timezones and time differences
Time.Is is a great site for working out timezones and time differences

You may wish to add the date to your calendar so that you do not miss the live event. 

It’s being held at 1000hrs PDT–Pacific Daylight Time (which is 1700hrs GMT–Greenwich Mean Time or 1800hrs BST–British Summer Time).

If you are unsure as to the exact time for your region, consult time.is for an easy way to work out the time difference.

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.

Mac

Watch on a Mac using the Safari web browser
Watch on a Mac using the Safari web browser

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

  • OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard
  • OS X 10.7 Lion
  • OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite

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

  • Safari 5.1.10 or later

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

iPhone and iPad

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

If you have an iPhone 3GS or first generation iPad, you’ll be out of luck. Anything else, you should be set.

  • Safari on iOS 6 or later

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

Apple TV

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

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

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

Watch the Spring Forward event on a PC and see what you are missing
Watch the Spring Forward event on a PC and see what you are missing

Wait. You’re still using a PC? OK, you’ll need to ensure that Quicktime 7.7.6 for Windows is installed in order to view the event.

How to Watch 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 the Safari browser and enter the following URL: https://www.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/

Oops

When live-streaming an Apple event goes wrong
When live-streaming an Apple event goes wrong

All of the above is assuming that Apple does not experience a repeat of the September 2014 event where live-streaming failed for many viewers around the globe.

Conclusion

The Apple TV is the ideal way to watch the Spring Forward 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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