Apple set to stream "Back To Mac" keynote live today

Apple is planning to live stream its "Back to Mac" keynote later today.

Similar to last months event, Apple will broadcast its event online using Apple's HTTP live streaming. Viewing will require a Mac running Safari on Snow Leopard or an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. The live broadcast is scheduled to being at 10AM PDT today (see other time zones).

Apple is expected to announce a new iLife suite and a new MacBook Air. According to reports, the new MacBook Air will be lighter and include a 11.6-inch display. The unofficial specifications are as follows:

  • Smaller 11.6-inch display.
  • 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (with a 2.33GHz option possible).
  • 2GB of memory in the base configuration.
  • No optical drive, naturally.
  • Mini DisplayPort, USB, and SD card reader along the left-hand side and USB and power on the right (that's 2x USB).
  • The trackpad has been updated to match that of the new MacBook Pros.
  • Although smaller due to the 11.6-inch display, it's still about the same thickness as the current MacBook Air.
  • A black power key now sits immediately to the right of a smaller eject key on the MBA's keyboard; the round aluminum power button is gone. A design decision that might support the MBA's rumored instant-on capabilities though our source didn't see this functionality exhibited (possibly because it was running OS X 10.6.4).
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Ugh, they already have spent nearly 20 minutes talking about iPhoto... Yawn

And no streaming to Windows either... Typical of them

TechDudeGeorge said,
Ugh, they already have spent nearly 20 minutes talking about iPhoto... Yawn

And no streaming to Windows either... Typical of them

As a Mac user I can say with confidence that you didn't miss out on anything substantial - wait till WWDC2011 where they'll give some real details about Lion rather than the wishy washy marketing crap they did today.

majortom1981 said,

Its supposed to work on my iphone but doesnt i just get a quicktime window with a slash through it.

Worked fine on my ipod touch. Watched the whole thing without interruption.

I was hoping it would be more than just another product refresh. How about making a *new* Mac? Then "Back to the Mac" would actually be appropriate.


So you really can't watch this on Windows? This has to be the F-U to Microsoft Campus...haha...cause you know they won't be caught dead with a Mac unless you are a software dev in the office department etc...lol

Irritating I can't just watch this on Windows. Will just follow the Engadget feedback instead.

Always keen to see what Apple are bringing out. Love them or loathe them (as plenty of folks here seem to!) they do make interesting products, even if they do charge the earth for them. I'm always keen to hear about new tech gadgetry and Apple are right up there at making some of the neatest stuff.

Roll on 6pm.

Calum said,
Hang on... so we can't watch this if we're running Windows?

Nope, their past 1 or two keynotes were the same way I believe.

Im pretty sure the HTTP Streaming is done out of spite for PC users. Apparently the new protocol has no advantages over existing technologies.

Benjy91 said,
Im pretty sure the HTTP Streaming is done out of spite for PC users. Apparently the new protocol has no advantages over existing technologies.

no surprise.

Benjy91 said,
Im pretty sure the HTTP Streaming is done out of spite for PC users. Apparently the new protocol has no advantages over existing technologies.

Apparently from where? HTTP Live Streaming has the advantage of bypassing firewalls/proxies and streaming to iOS devices.

Benjy91 said,
Im pretty sure the HTTP Streaming is done out of spite for PC users. Apparently the new protocol has no advantages over existing technologies.

'Apparently'? the new protocol no longer relies on a bastardised protocol that was reverse engineered, horrible with firewalls and over all a giant cluster**** when it comes to reliability. Please, before opening your mouth - get a clue on the subject you're claiming to be an expert on.

I have a T61p also....I love it....
I have a macbook pro 13" and prefer the sturdy feel of the Mac

Still if I was to buy a pure windows laptop it would be another ThinkPad...T410s probably.

shinji257 said,
I actually wouldn't mind watching this but I can only watch it from an Apple device. I don't own any.

There are site that post the info and usually pretty quick about it. I just normally follow that since I work during the day and cannot spend all my time watching the video

shinji257 said,
I actually wouldn't mind watching this but I can only watch it from an Apple device. I don't own any.

Just wait until tomorrow. Then you can pour yourself a nice cup of hot coffee. Sit in your recliner and stream the keynote to your big screen TV. Dammit! The thought makes me relaxed already.

Looking forward for an OS X refresh! Hopefully it is coming out sooner rather than later.

I just recently got a new ThinkPad at work and absolutely LOVE it. But, comparing it to my personal MacBook Pro, I wouldn't trade my MBP for the ThinkPad. Even though the ThinkPad has better specs. The MBP is lighter, has a MUCH better battery life, awesome fat trackpad, better built in software (no crapware), nicer screen, backlit keyboard. The price was about the same. (Although the models are about a year apart from one-another). People B&M'ing over the Apple tax just don't get it.

Shadrack said,
People B&M'ing over the Apple tax just don't get it.

We get it and can get the same specs/features in a PC laptop. Crapware is not an issue as it can be uninstalled.

Shadrack said,
Looking forward for an OS X refresh! Hopefully it is coming out sooner rather than later.

I just recently got a new ThinkPad at work and absolutely LOVE it. But, comparing it to my personal MacBook Pro, I wouldn't trade my MBP for the ThinkPad. Even though the ThinkPad has better specs. The MBP is lighter, has a MUCH better battery life, awesome fat trackpad, better built in software (no crapware), nicer screen, backlit keyboard. The price was about the same. (Although the models are about a year apart from one-another). People B&M'ing over the Apple tax just don't get it.

The last Thinkpad I saw was so retarded. You had to take the laptop completely apart just to get to the Hard drive.

warwagon said,

The last think pad I saw was so retarded you had to take the laptop completely apart just to get to the Hard drive.

I have a Thinkpad t61 and its just a couple screws and it pulls out from the side. PCs/laptops used to be a pain in the ass to take apart and service but they are easier. The new E series Dell laptops...just one screw in the back and you get access to most components.

techbeck said,

We get it and can get the same specs/features in a PC laptop. Crapware is not an issue as it can be uninstalled.

Don't get me wrong. I LOVE my ThinkPad T510. Its spec'd out and perfect for my job (I wouldn't be able to use a MBP at work since so much of the software I depend on is for Windows). I thought that when I got it I wouldn't like my 2009 MBP as much, but I was wrong and am still steadfast that the MBP was the right laptop for me for personal use. Mac OS X is also a nice break from Windows which I associate with Work.

Shadrack said,

Don't get me wrong. I LOVE my ThinkPad T510. Its spec'd out and perfect for my job (I wouldn't be able to use a MBP at work since so much of the software I depend on is for Windows). I thought that when I got it I wouldn't like my 2009 MBP as much, but I was wrong and am still steadfast that the MBP was the right laptop for me for personal use. Mac OS X is also a nice break from Windows which I associate with Work.

Makes sense. Its just funny how most people dont even know about crapware or care about it. I have worked on people's systems that are 5-6 years old and still had the preloaded crap on it. Those who care and know about it will be annoyed and want to remove it.

Shadrack said,
Looking forward for an OS X refresh! Hopefully it is coming out sooner rather than later.

I just recently got a new ThinkPad at work and absolutely LOVE it. But, comparing it to my personal MacBook Pro, I wouldn't trade my MBP for the ThinkPad. Even though the ThinkPad has better specs. The MBP is lighter, has a MUCH better battery life, awesome fat trackpad, better built in software (no crapware), nicer screen, backlit keyboard. The price was about the same. (Although the models are about a year apart from one-another). People B&M'ing over the Apple tax just don't get it.

Before thinking of a Mac the question you ask, "do I want Mac OS X" or "do I think the availability of Mac OS X a big factor when choosing the laptop". If you're agnostic about your operating system then you're better off going for a Thinkpad IMHO. For me, I choose a Mac because I want Mac OS X - if the situation was different and Windows did what I wanted it to do I would be running a Vaio with Windows.

warwagon said,
I just hope they don't make this OSX streaming only. Then again....I do have a new ipod touch 4g ...hmmmm

Currently, nothing outside of Apple's devices and Safari on the Mac support their streaming format. It's not exactly Apple's fault that no one else has implemented it yet though.

hotdog963al said,
Same, Leopard is seriously overdue a refresh!

Huh? If you are expecting a refresh for Leopard, you are over a year behind the times. Snow Leopard was released just over a year ago, and Apple is currently on an 18-24 month release cycle for new OSs.

roadwarrior said,

Huh? If you are expecting a refresh for Leopard, you are over a year behind the times. Snow Leopard was released just over a year ago, and Apple is currently on an 18-24 month release cycle for new OSs.
Yes, I'm sure he meant Snow Leopard. We're up to 14 months now, which isn't exactly far off 18 ... with essentially no news.

roadwarrior said,
Huh? If you are expecting a refresh for Leopard, you are over a year behind the times. Snow Leopard was released just over a year ago, and Apple is currently on an 18-24 month release cycle for new OSs.

Considering that Snow Leopard is still stuck on OpenGL 2.1 and the world has moved to OpenGL 4.1, I think Apple has a lot of catching up to do especially when you consider the presentation mentioned the rise of Mac as a gaming platform.

sigh... why not just stream it to everyone? that wouldn't give even better publicity, no not at all </sarcasm>... guess ill have to see it tomorrow or hope someone rebroadcasts it...

I use both macs and pc's and like both for different reasons. i hate all the bashing that goes on between the two and the way jobs conducts himself sometimes. Why is it only possible to view it on an apple device... isn't part of the idea to attract people over from different formats such as windows? or not?

Brodel said,
I use both macs and pc's and like both for different reasons. i hate all the bashing that goes on between the two and the way jobs conducts himself sometimes. Why is it only possible to view it on an apple device... isn't part of the idea to attract people over from different formats such as windows? or not?

Well, I think he is just doing this to force people buy his products so they can watch the video events.

No, the idea is to further the distorted fantasy of superiority. The ironic thing is if Microsoft pulled a stunt like this, their broadcast would be open to many more people but they would be slammed to no end. Steve does it and it's ok because he's Steve Jobs.

Quattrone said,

Well, I think he is just doing this to force people buy his products so they can watch the video events.
It's because Apple's new HTTP Streaming technology isn't implemented yet, outside of Safari on MacOS and iOS devices.. Even Safari for Windows doesn't have it yet..

At least that was the word last time..

They use an open standard called HTTP Live Streaming (which, yes, they did invent), which uses nothing but HTTP, m3u playlists and chunks of h.264. If you have a program that supports HTTP live streaming, you can watch it. It's very new, so it's possible that nobody has gotten around to it yet other than Apple.

Regardless of it being a standard, if few have implemented it, that's Apple's problem to deal with, not the consumer's. If they don't provide an alternative, that is the problem.

Vlc is said to support it if you input directly the link!

Ryoken said,
It's because Apple's new HTTP Streaming technology isn't implemented yet, outside of Safari on MacOS and iOS devices.. Even Safari for Windows doesn't have it yet..

At least that was the word last time..

Nelsoon said,
Vlc is said to support it if you input directly the link!
I would never subject my Computer to having to run VLC.

iKenndac said,
They use an open standard called HTTP Live Streaming (which, yes, they did invent), which uses nothing but HTTP, m3u playlists and chunks of h.264. If you have a program that supports HTTP live streaming, you can watch it. It's very new, so it's possible that nobody has gotten around to it yet other than Apple.

Um - it's no open standard. The protocol was sent as a draft to the IETF 4 months ago! I won't be a standard for years yet. It's Apple's own in-house protocol that they got working fine, and then decided to push to the world as a "standard" after they ensured it works fine on their own kit. No consultation, no working with standards bodies - they just created it fully and sent to the standards body as a draft a few months back.

stevehoot said,
Um - it's no open standard. The protocol was sent as a draft to the IETF 4 months ago! I won't be a standard for years yet. It's Apple's own in-house protocol that they got working fine, and then decided to push to the world as a "standard" after they ensured it works fine on their own kit. No consultation, no working with standards bodies - they just created it fully and sent to the standards body as a draft a few months back.

In all due respects, shut up. There is nothing stopping anyone from grabbing the specifications so stop it with the pointless Apple bashing.

yawn, another event from Apple announcing over priced products and probably take more stabs against the competition. Jobs is going to start having a hard time fitting his ego on camera.

I will read/watch the keynote tho as we use Macs at work and I need to support them. Hopefully, if they announce the new OSX, it will have better integration with AD...or more friendly towards Windows networks