An ominously big timer has appeared on the homepage of Apple’s website which can mean only one thing – it’s counting down to the exact time the live stream of Apple’s big iPhone 6/iWatch announcement will begin: at 10am Pacific Daylight Time on September the 9th, which is 7pm on Tuesday night for us here in South Africa.
However, the live stream can’t be watched by people who use Windows – it’s an Apple-only online event. In a bit of a puzzling move, Apple is only allowing the stream to be played on second or third-gen Apple TVs (version 6.2 or later) and in the Safari browser running on Macs, iPhones and iPads. Other browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer won’t be able to play it even when operated from an Apple device. Mac computers must be running OS X 10.6.8 or later and iPhones and iPads should be on iOS 6.0 or later. Basically if you’re using Windows, sorry for you.
Of course, Windows people are never short of options: there are other ways to watch the live stream. Like at the UK’s LTK TV Ustream page, which promises to stream the event:
Apple’s exclusionary behaviour is a bit of a pity, as the rumour mill has been giving Apple fans – even those who use Windows – much to look forward to: Techtimes.com has reported that 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones, a possible new iPad and of course, Apple’s long-awaited iWatch and iBand are to be the subjects of Apple’s event. We’ve also heard rumours that Apple will unveil its own mobile payment system.
In a bit of a turnup for the books, Twitter appears more excited about the wearables than it is about new iPhones, to the point where the announcement is being called “the iWatch event” far more frequently than it is the more expected “iPhone 6 event”.
Apple has moved the venue of the announcement to the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, and has also been feverishly erecting a mysterious building outside for undisclosed purposes that will presumably play some sort of part in Tuesday’s festivities.
Whatever happens on the day, it’s going to have to be an absolute show-stopper that wows customers and investors alike, as there has been some worry that the company has been slowly losing ground to Google, whose own I/O conference showed just how far Android as an operating system has come, to the point where some felt that Apple has “slipped behind”. There is even internal speculation that Tim Cook’s job as CEO of the company might be in jeopardy should the event not deliver the goods.
So join us on Tuesday evening at 7pm in tuning in to see what Apple has to say, and if Tom Cook’s job is safe.
If you use Windows, return to this article to see the event as streamed via LTK TV’s Ustream page. Otherwise, tune in on your Apple iThingy,Mac or Apple TV.