Apple live streaming new iPad media event for Apple users only

Apple is going to be making some new product announcements later today at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and this morning the company revealed that Apple product owners will be able to view a live stream of the proceedings starting at 1 p.m. Eastern Time (10 a.m. Pacific Time).

Apple's website indicates that people who own an iOS device with version 4.2 or later will be able to watch the live stream via their Safari browser. Mac owners with OS X 10.6 or later can watch the show with their own Safari browser, if it is version 4 or higher. Finally, second- and third-generation Apple TV devices with software version 5.0.2 or later can access the live stream.

That basically means Windows and Android users are out of luck to watch the live video, although in the past Apple has released a QuickTime movie of its entire event on video a few hours after press conferences. The company is expected to announced the official first details of its fifth-generation iPad today and possibly a new iPad mini with a Retina display. It could also announce that OS X 10.9, also known as Mavericks, is now available to purchase and download for Mac owners, along with some new Mac Pro models.

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Seeing that 90% of the world uses Windows, and those same 90% would likely be interested in this release, to shun them when Microsoft is the largest dev for the Mac platform, and the fact they saved your company from self-destruction, and the fact the only reason iTunes and all the iDevices have had such massive usage is because of Windows compatibility.

The next time Microsoft holds an even, make it with Silverlight so that Mac users can't view it unless they have install Windows.

Apple are such douchebags. Anyhow, they save me from wasting my time looking at a product that hasn't change since 2010.

TechieXP said,
Seeing that 90% of the world uses Windows, and those same 90% would likely be interested in this release,

First off, with the installed base of Android and iOS devices out there, there'S a lot more people using Android or iOS than Windows. In 2013, Windows being installed on 90% of desktops doesn't have the same weight as it did 10 years ago.
Secondly, if 90% of the world is happy with Windows why would they care about watching a live stream of an Apple event?

The next time Microsoft holds an even, make it with Silverlight so that Mac users can't view it unless they have install Windows.

Good one. Except that Microsoft has basically abandoned development of Silverlight, and that I've yet to meet any Mac user who'd want to watch a live stream of a Microsoft event.

Apple are such douchebags. Anyhow, they save me from wasting my time looking at a product that hasn't change since 2010.

So basically, you had no intention to watch the event to begin with. So why were you complaining again?

a0me said,

First off, with the installed base of Android and iOS devices out there, there'S a lot more people using Android or iOS than Windows. In 2013, Windows being installed on 90% of desktops doesn't have the same weight as it did 10 years ago.
Secondly, if 90% of the world is happy with Windows why would they care about watching a live stream of an Apple event?


Good one. Except that Microsoft has basically abandoned development of Silverlight, and that I've yet to meet any Mac user who'd want to watch a live stream of a Microsoft event.


So basically, you had no intention to watch the event to begin with. So why were you complaining again?

First off, your logic is so poor I shouldn't even respond. In case you haven't noticed, the vast majority of iDevices owners, own Windows PC's. If they didn't, then before Apple started doing OTA updates, the iDevice fad would have failed because no one would have bought Macs just to be compatible.

As far as Android devices, none of them are compatible with the QT format natively. Safari isn't avail for Android. The fcat more people use Android vs Windows isn't even the argument I present.

As far as Apple being douchbags? What does that have to do with watching the event. I always try to watch when possible. Making it HARDER for me to watch makes them douchbags. As far as MS not using Silverlight? It was a comparison in which MS has a platform which would prevent Mac users from viewing such content. Its called "turnabout is fair play".

I was interested in seeing the release live as lots are. Just because I think APple are douchbags has nothing to do with their products if I want to buy them. I have owned them and still own a couple. I have an iPad 3 so yes I wanted to see the new ones so I can't decide if I want to just stick with what I have...which basically since this release lacks substance, I will.

Now if you're done attacking me with your failed logic, I will move on.

TechieXP said,

First off, your logic is so poor I shouldn't even respond. In case you haven't noticed, the vast majority of iDevices owners, own Windows PC's. If they didn't, then before Apple started doing OTA updates, the iDevice fad would have failed because no one would have bought Macs just to be compatible.


Talk about poor logic. If they're "iOS device owners" then they'd be able to watch the live stream... on their iOS device. Are you still with me, or am I going too fast for you?

As far as Android devices, none of them are compatible with the QT format natively. Safari isn't avail for Android. The fcat more people use Android vs Windows isn't even the argument I present.

Again, why would Android owners want to watch a live stream from a company and products they don't care about?

As far as Apple being douchbags? What does that have to do with watching the event. I always try to watch when possible.

You blindly hate the company -like all the "cool kids"- why would you waste your time watching a 2 hour event? Furthermore, why would Apple want guys like you taking up their bandwidth? I'm sorry but you're not making any sense.

Edit: You have a 3rd gen iPad? So you could have watched the event, right? What are you ****ed off about?

I use to really enjoy Apple products, but this keynote is boring as well. Didn't they already talk about OS X Mavericks?

Whoa, free OS update.

Any luck for anyone now on Osx or iDevices? It's not working for me at work but that could be down to the firewall blocking streaming. (preparing to eat humble pie)

Works perfectly for me, I'm even on Apple's VPN since I'm soon to be working, and even the VPN won't let me view everything from Apple's servers.

Welcome to the cult of Apple, if you're not with us, you must be against us and we'll have no interest in showing you what we have to say..

BTW, that would be the new stuff is slightly lighter and thinner. We'll also twist/misrepresent some numbers and make you think we created the world in the process.

Way to chime in before the theory has been proven. The comment above you shows that it's available for most devices out there capable of streaming quicktime

paulheu said,
Welcome to the cult of Apple, if you're not with us, you must be against us and we'll have no interest in showing you what we have to say..

BTW, that would be the new stuff is slightly lighter and thinner. We'll also twist/misrepresent some numbers and make you think we created the world in the process.

QFT.

Thanks for the link, but it doesn't work. VLC accepts it as a network stream link, but nothing plays, VLC just display a black screen.

Meh, I usually just follow the live blog posts and never end up watching the events.

Not sure why they would want to limit their live broadcast to Apple devices only. Make their users feel extra special or something? Lol... hmm.

So anyone using old Apple software does not deserve to view the presentation?

I'm going to spoof my user agent string to see this

Mac OS X v10.6 (minimum requirement to watch this) was released 5 years ago. If the latest Mac you've bought is so old that it can't run a 5 year old OS, why would you watch an Apple event about their latest products, live?

a0me said,
Mac OS X v10.6 (minimum requirement to watch this) was released 5 years ago. If the latest Mac you've bought is so old that it can't run a 5 year old OS, why would you watch an Apple event about their latest products, live?
Because you're looking to replace your 5+ year old Mac?

If you're looking to replace your 5+ year old Mac, you probably can wait a few more hours to watch the recorded event on YouTube?

a0me said,
If you're looking to replace your 5+ year old Mac, you probably can wait a few more hours to watch the recorded event on YouTube?

That does not make any sense.. It just shows that Apple does not give a **** about people using their "old" products.

If that's really the case, if you believe that Apple is such a bad company, then why are you guys so hell bent on watching Apple's events live?

a0me said,
If that's really the case, if you believe that Apple is such a bad company, then why are you guys so hell bent on watching Apple's events live?

For the same reason I watch "FAIL" videos.

Here's the stuff straight from Apple's site
Live Streaming video requires Safari 4 or later on OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later.

I'm watching it on Windows at work on a Chrome-based browser.

Apple says : Streaming video requires Safari 4 or later on OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later; >> or QuickTime 7 on Windows. <<

Ummmmmmmmm REALLY???? I'm pretty sure you'll be able to watch this on windows with your browser or choice. I highly doubt they are going to restrict by platform and device for a press event. If I'm right all other live streams have worked on non apple platforms. So a slightly misleading title methinks..

(and i'll be the first to apologise if you can't watch on a windows device)

**Edit. If you look at the page in whatever windows browser you'd like you'd actually see it needs a quicktime plugin to be installed to watch the even (or your codec of choice)

shifts said,
Ummmmmmmmm REALLY???? I'm pretty sure you'll be able to watch this on windows with your browser or choice. I highly doubt they are going to restrict by platform and device for a press event. If I'm right all other live streams have worked on non apple platforms. So a slightly misleading title methinks..

(and i'll be the first to apologise if you can't watch on a windows device)

You forgot about User Agents and the fact that you can detect what system you're using. My site uses that for those who want to use Github files for their systems.

Uhm, no. This came direct from Apple.com:

Apple Special Event. October 22, 2013
Watch streaming video from this special event and learn more about our exciting announcements.

Live Streaming video requires Safari 4 or later on OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later

Nope I didn't forget about user agents (I use unotelly for my USA netflix fix) But yes you could restrict by all that sort of stuff but I don't even recall Apple doing this for a live stream. I'm looking now to find out if Apple has ever restricted an event to Apple only devices but not coming up with anything recent. If someone knows differently please let me know.

It would be MADNESS to restrict apple products to the apple market only. What sort of madness is that? You could be pretty sure that the Techospehere and bloggers, inside sources would have reported this before now as the page has been up all day.

John, with respect that's an Apple page for I'd bet mainly people who use Apple systems to view it. It was quite clear when I popped onto the apple page it was prompting for a quicktime download.

This isn't the first time they restrict live streaming to Apple devices. But seriously who wants to watch an Apple event streamlived on something else? If you don't own an Apple product why would you care about their latest event?

Maybe because people like me are interested in what other companies are up to and what their products could potentially offer me!!?!

Mathachew said,
To my knowledge, anytime Apple streams an event, the stream is always limited to Apple devices and computers.

Sorry! you really have no knowledge about Apple or Computers in general. Sorry again!