Monday, 13 June 2016 22:01

How to watch Apple’s WWDC 2016 keynote live – on almost any device

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In just a few hours, Apple’s highly anticipated 2016 WWDC keynote will kick off, and should announce iOS 10, a new macOS, Siri on the Mac and maybe even new Macs and more.

WWDC is the World Wide Developers Conference that Apple holds each year. As the name suggests, it is a conference for developers so they can better write software for Apple’s various devices running iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS.

The event will run in the US on 13 June at 10am PT, which is 1pm in New York, 6pm in London and, in Sydney Australia, 3am on Tuesday 14 June.

As always, Apple has a keynote to kick off the event, but that won’t be the only video you can watch. You should be able to watch most or all of the entire event — ideal if you’re a developer who didn’t win the lottery to buy tickets to go  via the WWDC app that will run on any modern iDevice.

This app also lets you watch WWDC videos from previous years.

The full schedule for WWDC 2016 can be seen here, but as I am still typing before the event has started, most of the sessions are couched in secrecy, for knowing the session names in advance would reveal many of the secrets Apple’s isn’t yet ready to share.

So, how can you watch the event?

Well, there are several ways, including sneaky ways for PC owners without the Edge browser, and for those wanting to watch on Android tablets and Linux PCs.

But first, the easy, officially sanctioned ways to watch.

You’ll need:

  • an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 7.0 or later.
  • a Mac running Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X 10.8.5 or later
  • a PC running the Microsoft Edge browser on Windows 10
  • an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd-gen) with Apple TV software 6.2 or later or
  • an Apple TV 4th-generation.

Got a Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1 PC – or an Android phone, tablet or Linux PC?

As long as you can run the VLC Media Player or the Play Store on Android devices, you should open VLC and elect to open a "network stream".

Copy and paste in this address, which various people on the Internet say will go live when the event kicks off at 10am San Francisco time (or 3am for us here in Australia) and the magic of software and streaming should see Tim Cook’s face and the Apple event arrive on your screen:

http://p.events-delivery.apple.com.edgesuite.net/15pijbnaefvpoijbaefvpihb06/m3u8/atv_mvp.m3u8

So, with Apple set to announce a more intelligent Siri, a new iOS 10 version, a renamed macOS, new watchOS developments, new tvOS developments, new hardware design surprises and much, much more, WWDC 2016 should prove to be yet another very memorable Apple event.

Full details tomorrow after the event ends  now go and get some sleep if you expect to be watching it live!

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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