For the past five years, Apple has hosted media events in September to unveil new Apple products and the stable release of its latest operating systems. This year is no different and it has a date of September 15, but it may not be the only event coming before the end of 2020.
The new coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic have done well this year for Apple. WWDC, where iOS 14 was announced, was an online conference and the September 15 event will also be virtually based. But that’s not all. While it’s not uncommon for Apple to hold two events after its summer developer conference, it looks like we’ll get another one in October, with a date and agenda yet to be revealed.
What is expected in September?
If you assumed that the September 15 event would include the new iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, we would not blame you. But rumors say that Apple will not disclose these products in September due to manufacturing delays caused by coronavirus. Instead, we can only receive a notice of the announcement later this year. We may even get the time and date for the iPhone event, likely to happen in October.
For the event in September, we are not even sure if Apple will highlight iOS 14’s release in the presentation. Some believe that Apple will use the time to unveil a new Apple Watch and iPad, but there is really nothing that says for sure. We will probably not know until Apple takes the stage and shows us.
If there is a new iPad, iPadOS 14 and iOS 14 may be released soon after, but in Apple’s history, it has never driven a large iOS stable version without an iPhone release. This year may be the year it changes after 13 years of side-by-side releases.
The tagline for September 15’s special event is “Time flies.” If there is a cryptic meaning to that message, no one has deleted it yet. But if you visit the Apple event page and tap the date, it opens an augmented reality quick page where you can see the Apple logo animated to the event date. If there is a large AR message, we are not sure what it would be.
When does the event’s livestream begin?
Apple sticks to a routine of events and releases, so this event, like so many before it, begins at 10 a.m. PDT from Apple Park on Tuesday, September 15th.
Unlike events from the past, however, this occurs during a global pandemic. That means there is no live attendance, and we would not be surprised to see Apple roll with a taped event, similar to how they pulled off the WWDC this year. So it may not be a “live” stream.
If you do not live on the west coast of the United States, here are some practical references for when the presentation will be available in your time zone:
- 7 am HST
- 09:00 AKDT
- 10.00 PDT or MST
- 11 am MDT
- 12.00 CDT
- 13.00 EDT
What are the display requirements?
Apple has not yet released the official display requirements for this particular event, but we assume that the specifications will not deviate too far from previous events.
The simplest requirement is any device that can stream a live video on YouTube. While WWDC was the first time the developer conference was livestreamed on YouTube, Apple’s first YouTube live stream was actually for the September 2019 event. So it’s very likely we’ll get a YouTube live video again.
Not great on YouTube? Here are the other devices and software requirements for streaming from Apple’s official Apple Events website:
- iPad, iPhone, iPod touch with Safari on iOS 10 or later
- Mac with Safari on macOS Sierra 10.12 or later
- Windows computer with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10
- All smartphones, tablets or computers with a browser that supports MSE (Media Service Extensions)
If you use an Android phone or tablet, even an Amazon Fire tablet, try the Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox app, both of which support MSE (Media Serice Extensions), H.264 (video) and AAC (audio) formats .
You may also be able to watch from an Apple TV or Apple TV app:
You can also AirPlay the event to an Apple TV (second generation or later) or AirPlay compatible smart TV. You only need the latest tvOS version, if you use an Apple TV, as well as the latest version of iOS or macOS, depending on where you are AirPlaying from.
How can you watch?
If you want to watch the event on your computer or smartphone, just visit the link below on one of the compatible browsers listed above:
We’ll also include the YouTube link here when Apple starts streaming:
You can watch the Apple TV app on select smart TVs and streaming media devices, as listed above. Just open the app, find “Special Event”, select it and sit back.
If you plan to watch with Apple TV unit, you can use AirPlay to stream the video as long as you have the latest tvOS software on Apple TV generation 2 or higher. If you use second or third generation Apple TVs, the event will be available through the Apple Events channel. Use the Apple Events app for the fourth and fifth generation Apple TV.
- Apple TV 2 and later via AirPlay
- Apple TV 2/3 from the Apple Events channel
- Apple TV 4/5 with the Apple Events app
If you want to watch a live Apple event on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple TV, Apple Events and Apple TV apps are the most reliable as YouTube live streams can be buggy. Still, it is not yet certain that the Apple TV app will stream the event live. If you are using a Mac or PC or if you prefer not to download these apps, use one of the links below to see the power of Safari or another compatible browser.
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