Friday, 27 February 2015 15:41

HOW TO WATCH the March 9 Apple Watch event live


Apple has a ‘special event’ planned for 9 March 2015 (10 March in OZ): Apple Watch expected to launch, new MacBook Air too?

Although Tim Cook said at a recent event that Apple Watch would ship in April 2015, Apple’s 9 March 2015 special event appears to be the date we’ll all finally get to learn more about it.

10am on the 9th is when we can start watching all the action unfold, which of couse thanks to time zone differences means a bright and early 4am start in Australia on 10 March 2015.

With Apple Watch slated as ‘Coming Early 2015’ in the US and select other countries but only ‘Available in 2015’ for Australia, we’ll hopefully get to find out exactly what ‘Available in 2015’ means for us down under.

People in other countries will want to know local launch dates too, although the rollout outside of launch countries will persumably be over a period of months as is the case with iPhone launches. 

The invitation for Apple’s special event simply says ‘Spring Forward’, with 9 March 2015 the day before the US moves its clocks forward by one hour for daylight saving.

Springs are also used in old-fashioned mechanical watches, which could thus be an oblique reference to the Apple Watch springing forth into the 21st century. 

Indeed, with the Apple Watch threatening to wind up the operations of some traditional watch makers without the wherewithal to withstand the Apple onslaught, some in Switzerland could well be sprung.

But 'Spring Forward' is all the invite says, beyond details on how to watch a live stream of the event.

Naturally, it hasn’t stopped speculation that a brand new, long-awaited and Retina-equipped MacBook Air will finally arrive alongside Apple Watch, too.

So, who gets to watch the Apple Watch watchmen - and how do you do it?

Well, you can just go to the ‘Live’ section of Apple’s website, where Apple says you can 'watch the live video and follow every moment', but if you think anyone can watch, there is a catch - and I don’t mean the catch on various Apple Watch straps.

Apple notes that ‘Live streaming video requires Safari 5.1.10 or later on OS X 10.6.8 or later; Safari on iOS 6.0 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later.’

So, if you’re a Windows or Android user wanting to watch the watchmen, watch out! You won’t be able to, and will have to find a friend with a compatible Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or an Apple TV.

The stream should become an on-demand video after the event, as per usual, but it’s certainly not unusual for Apple to restrict live streaming to users and owners of its technologies, so you should only be surprised if you were expecting Apple to think different about streaming this event.

Barron’s reports that Citigroup’s Jim Suva expects the Apple Watch to launch at US $350, $550 and $950 depending on whether you get the sports, standard or edition-branded Apple Watch, with bands to start at US $29.

Suva also expected ‘hundreds of applications immediately available upon release, ranging from social, financial, health, sports, news and more’.

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