Apple is holding its annual September event this Thursday, September 13. If you didn’t score an invite to the exclusive gathering (like us), Apple is livestreaming all the action so you can follow along at home. Here’s everything you need to know about tomorrow's event.
When does the Apple event start?
The event officially kicks off at 3:00AM AEST. Traditionally, Apple’s event lasts between one and two hours, but timing may vary. Plan for around two hours, with room for it go a little over or under depending on the number of announcements and updates.
Apple’s iPhone announcement typically comes toward the end of its presentations, but it’s been moving closer to the front in recent years — don’t let an ill-timed bathroom break cause you to miss the big reveal.
Where Can I Stream It?
You have a few options. While Apple used to make its events Safari-only (for streaming via a web browser), the company has since made it easier for you to stream in the browser of your choice. As Apple says on its official website for the September event, its stream “is best experienced on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch using Safari on iOS 10 or later; a Mac using Safari on macOS Sierra 10.12 or later; or a PC using Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge”.
And, yes, you can still watch the stream in Chrome or Firefox, too.
If you have an Apple TV, you can stream the event directly to your television through the “Apple Events” app on the device. You can also AirPlay it from your computer to your TV, if you prefer.
And if you miss the livestream, don’t worry. Not only will you be able to get updates about everything that was announced here (and a ton of other places), Apple will also offer a full replay of the event on its website and Apple TV later in the day, so you’ll be able to catch up.
What Apple will (probably) announce
Apple traditionally uses its September event to announce the new iPhone, and that will absolutely happen tomorrow. Rumours also point to Apple announcing a new version of the Apple Watch (the Apple Watch 4), the launch date for its previously teased “AirPower” wireless charger, and possibly a new iPad.
You might see a lot more talk about USB-C than Apple’s (annoyingly proprietary) Lightning connection this year, and probably even more goofing around with augmented reality — to the delight of backyard dinosaurs and robots.