Apple’s October iPad Air 2 Event Will Be Livestreamed
In the last few days we reported on the upcoming Apple October event, which was originally meant to go down on the 21st, but now has been moved to the 16th. Apple has confirmed that the event will go ahead at their campus in Cupertino, California, by sending out invites to tech personnel across the globe.
However, there was no direct confirmation that we would be able to cover the events that unfold at the event by watching on live streaming services (we don’t get invites to these kind of events… yet) until today, as Apple has revealed that the event will be livestreamed for people to see online.
Unfortunately for most computer users, the event will only be livestreamed on Macs with Safari 5.1.10 or later on OS X 10.6.8 or later, or Safari on iOS 6.0 or later. No actual reason for this selective broadcasting has ever come out, but the logic seems something along the lines of ‘if you’ve not paid for an Apple product you shouldn’t get to see our event’.
Not that the previous one was that great value for money. September’s iPhone 6 livestream was plagued with connection issues, Chinese over dubbing, Japanese subtitles and choppy, jump audio and video in general. Many people were disappointed with Apple, and some even took it upon themselves to mock the tech giant for not being able to handle a simple livestream.
There are several ways to get onto the live stream, or at least watch the coverage as it happens. We tried to connect to the event via the URL directly using VLC Media Player, which worked, but was horribly laggy and didn’t stay up to date with what was going on.
On another screen we managed to connect to some tech fans who were doing a bit of commentary coverage on the even and re-streaming it with their feeds also on the screen. They managed to provide decent commentary in the gaps where the stream broke, as well as get it out to us Windows users. Your best bet is to find a reputable source of tech info who are doing this method of re streaming. Thankfully they didn’t talk over the stream… much.
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The event is expected to demo Mac OS X Yosemite as well as potentially announce the rumored iPad Air 2 as well as an iMac with a retina display with 4k or 5k resolution. the event in September also included some surprises, such as Apple Pay, which were unexpected by the community. hopefully the October 16th event will also yield some cool surprises.
If you’ve got the hardware, catch the livestreamed at the link below. If not, there will most likely be coverage from third parties on the day.
Source: Apple Live Stream Page