If you want to know what the world’s technological R&D department has been up to, you need to follow what Apple is doing, because it’s the company everyone copies, even when they say they don’t.
Apple took smartphones in a new direction. Tablets didn’t take off after a decade of trying until Apple launched the iPad. The smartwatch industry waited and waited for Apple Watch to arrive so wearables could finally enter the next dimension rather than replaying the last level.
Apple’s hobby of the Apple TV keeps on getting more content, at least in the US, even if rumours suggest there’ll be no new Apple TV devices at this event, and even the iPad Pro looks like it won’t arrive until September.
Of course, Apple enjoys its surprises, and no doubt WWDC 2015 will have more than a few, although more likely on the software side things than the hardware.
Besides all the new HomeKit connected 'Internet of Things' device revolution, many are also hoping a new SDK for the Apple Watch will appear, allowing developers to start creating native apps for the watch, rather than having to endure a ‘web app’ like experience as is the case with the current slew of apps which are largely companions to iPhone apps rather than native experiences.
Indeed, 9to5Mac notes we will hear about 'WatchOS', so new Apple Watch news is msot definitely on the agenda - not that we ever thought otherwise.
What has Apple itself said?
The WWDC invite email read: "At WWDC, Apple's renowned developer community will come together to learn about the future of iOS and OS X, helping them continue to create the most innovative apps in the world. WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies and fine-tune their apps, as well as the Apple Design Awards which showcase the best new apps in the last year.
"We've got incredible new technology for iOS and OS X to share with developers at WWDC and around the world, and can't wait to see the next generation of apps they create."
Whatever happens, Apple’s keynotes always promise to be must-watch events, but as always, they’re on at quite unfriendly times for Australian eyeballs if you want to experience the event live.
You see, while Californians in the US can watch from 10am on Monday June 8, and those in central and eastern America can also watch during the day, as can many in Europe, Australians, New Zealanders and others in or around our time zones must watch in the middle of the night.
For Aussies, the stream will go live at 3am on the very early morning of Tuesday June 9.
You’ll be able to watch via Apple’s ‘Live’ site, from your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac or your Apple TV - or a combination of those devices should you be so inclined. You’ll need at least Apple TV with OS 6.2 or later, iOS 6.0 or later and Mac OS X 10.8.5 with Safari 6.0.5 or later to watch, so make sure your Apple devices have at least these versions or better before you try to stream.
That excludes Windows and Android users who are locked out of the live stream.
Once there, paste in this URL:
and you're supposed to be be able to watch on your Windows PC even though Apple doesn’t want you to. It might work for VLC on Android too, give it a shot, otherwise use an Apple device.
For those unable to watch live because of work, device issues or whatever else, Apple will make the keynote available to stream after the event.
So, now you know how to watch. Apple likes to be watched. It wants to be watched. Apple even sells a watch.
So - to watch Apple’s WWDC keynote, click here on or after the allotted time and with watchful eyes you will see!
iTWire will be watching live and we’ll have a report for you - along with everyone else - for Tuesday morning’s newsletter.