Here's how to watch today's Apple event live

Apple is just a few hours away from making some major announcements, which could include a new iPhone, iPad, and updates to its Apple Watch.

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Apple is preparing to make some major announcements during its “Let Us Loop You In” event, which will begin at 10am PT / 1pm ET. Many Apple fans are expecting the debut of a smaller iPhone, which is being called the iPhone SE, a smaller iPad Pro, additional watch bands, and an introduction of new features in iOS 9.3.

If you’re planning on taking your lunch break around the time Apple holds its event, you might need some help figuring out where exactly you can watch it live. Thankfully, Apple is planning on livestreaming its Let Us Loop You In event at this link.

Just like with previous livestreams, there are some hoops you’re going to have to jump through in order to watch along with everyone else. If you own an Apple device, you should be set as the stream will support the Safari browser on iOS devices using iOS 7 or later and Macs running OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion. Apple TV users can also stream the event on second- and third-generation Apple TV devices.

Own a PC and would still like to see what Apple has to announce? You’ll need a PC with Windows 10 installed as well as Microsoft Edge.

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    March 21, 2016 6:25 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Here's how to watch today's Apple event live

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      March 21, 2016 7:25 AM

      "Requirements: Live streaming uses Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology. HLS requires ... or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10."

      Is it just me, or does that seem like a wet slap to PC users? Edge? Really?

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        March 21, 2016 7:30 AM

        Chrome/FFox don't do HLS.

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          March 21, 2016 7:31 AM

          Sure, but it would kill them to stream on YouTube or vimeo?

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            March 21, 2016 7:41 AM

            Apple have total control over their HLS video stream.

            Every platform has significant drawbacks apart from handing control over to another party. You can't live-stream YouTube in some countries, Vimeo embedding is spotty and their infrastructure can't handle a couple million concurrent connections, and twitch embedding is a nightmare.

            HLS can't be viewed easily on Windows. Apple can live with that.

            There will be plenty of re-streams on twitch etc.

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        March 21, 2016 7:34 AM

        It's just you. Edge is the only current browser on Windows that supports HLS.

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        March 21, 2016 7:43 AM

        I only use Edge for these occasions. It's not going to kill me to fire it up once every 3-4 months.

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          March 21, 2016 7:44 AM

          Biggest drawback is being on a win7 box at the office, so no stream for me I guess. Which is really the heart of my gripe. I'll have to settle for a live blog.

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            March 21, 2016 7:46 AM

            Ah. Now I understand your gripe. Go for a live blog if that's the only way to get the info ASAP.

            FYI: I'll be covering all of the big news from the event on the front page.

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              March 21, 2016 7:48 AM

              Ya, figured as much. I expect most stuff will be iteration improvement. BUT, I'm really interested in the whole headphone jack rumor. I kinda hope they've got something revolutionary there. Hate BT audio compression on streamed music.

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          March 21, 2016 11:14 AM

          newest Windows 10 fast track build just introduced extensions. Once that hits the official release I wouldn't be surprised if I switch over from Chrome/Firefox to Edge/Firefox. Since Chrome crashes for me at least once a day.

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      March 21, 2016 7:50 AM

      how come there isn't any workaround to this that actually works?
      We can download a bear.. but not stream a stream?

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      March 21, 2016 10:03 AM

      It's starting, by the way.

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      March 21, 2016 10:04 AM

      Newton

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      March 21, 2016 10:04 AM

      FBI discussion actually happening.

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      March 21, 2016 10:11 AM

      Great to see what they're doing to address e-waste.

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      March 21, 2016 10:22 AM

      CareKit... finally

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      March 21, 2016 10:26 AM

      This far it's been a snooze fest.

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        March 21, 2016 10:28 AM

        I think addressing e-Waste and Health enhancements is a big thing.

        But bands for Apple Watch is stupid, I'll grant you that.

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      March 21, 2016 10:28 AM

      Make that watch cost $199 and maybe I'll check it out.

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      March 21, 2016 10:39 AM

      Okay, I guess I'll be getting an iPhone SE.

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      March 21, 2016 10:49 AM

      kind of annoyed at the jab of "500 million PC that are at least 5 years old", calling that "sad". Have we really reached a consumerism point where it's sad to keep the same device for 5 years?

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        March 21, 2016 10:52 AM

        Yeah, I shut off the video after they said that. The first thing that popped in my head was that a PC is so good that you can keep it for 5+ years and not have to worry about buying another system.

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        March 21, 2016 10:52 AM

        My 5 year old pc outperforms the majority of Dell gunk.

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        March 21, 2016 10:53 AM

        This is a company launching new versions of the same basic product every 1/2 years. Of course they want to push the narrative that anything that old is worthless.

        Maybe it's just the nature of the crowd I run in, but damn near everyone I know outside of IT guys with money to burn use devices, be they phones, PCs, or other, until they outright stop working, and then upgrade.

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          March 21, 2016 1:08 PM

          I have a 6gb Fujitsu HDD in one of my computers and it still runs like a champ!

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        March 21, 2016 10:53 AM

        Yeah, that's a really stupid perspective.

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          March 21, 2016 10:54 AM

          Especially since they just championed the reduction of e-waste too. Ugh.

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        March 21, 2016 10:53 AM

        iPads and lack of growth has been a huge ding for them in earnings reports. I think they're trying to show that there is room for growth.

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        March 21, 2016 10:57 AM

        Yeah, and I don't get the comment that Windows was made before the Internet or social networks? People aren't still running Windows 3.1.

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        March 21, 2016 10:57 AM

        Doesn't really surprise me from Apple who are in the disposable hardware market.

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        March 21, 2016 10:58 AM

        of course. PCs have been overpowered for quite some time, happily churning away in their 2D workspace with ease, and people unwilling to upgrade because they see/feel no benefit to doing so. windows XP and IE7 and one 4:3 monitor just hanging in there.

        meanwhile, in the mobile/peripheral world, there's real tangible upgrades going berzerk and people can see/feel *huge* benefits by upgrading at a rapid pace. laptops, tablets, smartphones all are getting the engineering love. PCs are not.

        PCs can have a huge leap forward with 16GB ram, SSDs, and windows 10 for very little cost... and people would keep those for another 5 years. but again, back to the mobile/peripheral world, there would still be rapid turnover - that would not change.

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        March 21, 2016 11:10 AM

        I try to keep my apple devices around for that long but they make sure ios updates kill them long before the silicone is actually under powered.

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        March 21, 2016 11:18 AM

        it's sad if you're a technology company in the business of innovation. If you haven't provided a compelling upgrade experience in 5 years in the modern tech climate then that's not so good.

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          March 21, 2016 12:39 PM

          It could be hardware related. My desktop is technically 8 years old (I've upgraded some components, hence technically). My laptop is 5 years old. Both run Windows 10 and I don't really have any problems. I'm looking to upgrade soon, but I could wait....I'm in no rush.

          Who gives a shit. It's a number.

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            March 21, 2016 1:00 PM

            yes, you have identified the problem.

            Who gives the shit? The companies who want to sell devices and have a healthy ecosystem that is thought of as innovative.

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              March 21, 2016 1:13 PM

              What technology in the past 5 years has come out for desktops and laptops that really warrant people upgrading besides just more processing power or faster. What has Apple offered? Microsoft? Again, to the other thread, convertibles are looking pretty intriguing because they have multi-purpose, but what else? If you're selling point is faster, then you're not going to get many upgrades to begin with. You can even look at tablets and phones. Almost 5 years ago, they released the iPhone 5. Today they released a new 5-esque phone that was just ... faster. How about the iPad? What has really been updated that makes the general population just want to update? Speed is a good selling point, but is that it?

              Not to say there aren't some features I like. TouchID is really cool, but I could and have lived without. My iPad doesn't have TouchID and I'm okay with that. I think most people kind of fall into the same boat with a lot of what Apple is trying to do.

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                March 21, 2016 1:26 PM

                yes, again, you identified the problem. People aren't upgrading PCs due to a lack of need and lack of enticement. That's bad if you're a computer company. Especially since enticement should be coming from software which doesn't necessarily need more compute power. They reached 'good enough' speeds for email and web browsing and then no one offered them a compelling new option. But mobile did. Mobile has improved massively in the past 5 years. Even if it was just on speed (it wasn't) that'd be huge because mobile wasn't at the 'good enough' part of the performance curve.

                The iPad is indeed suffering from some similar problems to laptops.

                The problem for PCs is that the center of gravity for hardware innovation is now ARM. And increasingly the software innovation is there too.

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        March 21, 2016 1:16 PM

        If I'm using a 5 year old device over your latest product, then maybe you should think differently about why that is.

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        March 21, 2016 1:27 PM

        You're surprised that "fuck the past" APPLE is annoyed at people who don't buy new hardware often enough?

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      March 21, 2016 10:52 AM

      Godamn that tonal display shit will be a fucking nighmare for photos :(

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        March 21, 2016 10:54 AM

        You can turn off the nightshift stuff. They're not going to screw with photographers.

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          March 21, 2016 10:57 AM

          This is NOT nightshift

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            March 21, 2016 11:02 AM

            It is still a feature that I am sure you can turn off

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            March 21, 2016 11:04 AM

            wait what. I'm opening up a car modding shop called "NightShift" now.

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            March 21, 2016 3:54 PM

            From an article on MacRumors:

            True Tone Display - The feature is unique to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and can be turned off in the Settings app for those who want a display temperature that does not fluctuate.

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        March 21, 2016 11:10 AM

        It turns off automatically for photos

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          March 21, 2016 11:11 AM

          Are you sure about that? Because that demo clearly showed photo adjusting to ambient room

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            March 21, 2016 11:34 AM

            During the marketing segment? Yeah. They also made a mistake where the white ipad was tonally blue and the image was tonally yellow. The marketing video was... not accurate.

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      March 21, 2016 11:04 AM

      No laptops :/

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        March 21, 2016 11:19 AM

        laptops are the past for most

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          March 21, 2016 11:28 AM

          .....no they aren't.

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          March 21, 2016 11:33 AM

          Nah, that's what they want you to think, it'll happen one day, but iPad pros aren't going to be the thing to do it.

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            March 21, 2016 11:43 AM

            that's true, laptops were getting eaten by tablets and phones long before the iPad Pro existed

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              March 21, 2016 12:14 PM

              Yeah and all the professionals who are left aren't moving to tablets.

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                March 21, 2016 12:17 PM

                laptops are the past for most

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                  March 21, 2016 12:59 PM

                  Yeah, because laptops were the only mobile choice for a while. Of course when phones and tablets came about there were going to be some users who gravitate towards those options because they never needed what a laptop offers to begin with. But for those who actually need what a laptop offers, there's no compelling substitute. It's not that laptops are some archaic and unpopular device now, it's just that they aren't the only game in town anymore.

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                    March 21, 2016 1:04 PM

                    right, laptops are appreciably worse for a lot of people a lot of the time compared to a phone or tablet. That some people will continue to need them is not in dispute, just that the total number of them and relative number compared to all those doing computing will shrink.

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          March 21, 2016 12:35 PM

          That's what they were saying five years ago.

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            March 21, 2016 12:53 PM

            no kidding. then LTE embedded laptops became a thing. my bosses love them. tablets have their place for some things, but when you need to Maximize your Utility, laptops have reached a great price/performance/weight era. tablets are cute little additions, but simply lack horsepower and usability for real output.

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              March 21, 2016 12:58 PM

              I think you are wrong about the horsepower part, but tablets still have a lot to solve before they can replace laptops for sure.

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            March 21, 2016 1:04 PM

            and it's still true

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              March 21, 2016 2:13 PM

              I see more laptops in public than anything else, but maybe that's just my market. I'm just not convinced it's going to happen. But yeah, what I really meant ways, five years ago they were saying that by today laptops were to have disappeared.

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                March 21, 2016 2:33 PM

                more laptops could be in use today than tablets and the statement 'laptops are the past for most' could still be true.

                'they' weren't predicting laptops would be dead in 5 years. A bunch of clickbait-y blogs might have, but people who do actual informed business analysis certainly weren't.

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          March 21, 2016 1:26 PM

          Can you qualify "most?" I presume you mean, inter alia, people older than us? I was at the folks' place this weekend and they were still clacking away on a Macbook Pro and Air, respectively. They both have iPads too.

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            March 21, 2016 2:10 PM

            most as in people who don't have a real need for PC specific tasks/workflows (ex programmers, professional artists, etc). Some amount of it will persist due to inertia and familiarity for many years, even decades, (especially in enterprise) but they just offer so few advantages, and many disadvantages, compared to mobile/tablets.

            I mean, assuming your parents are not super tech savvy what are they using laptops for that they couldn't do with the iPad? Still just email/web browsing but in a more familiar shell with a physical keyboard and lapability? The tablet is otherwise more secure, soon to be more powerful, better battery life, more sensors (TouchID and such), better software availability. So many advantages.

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          March 21, 2016 2:17 PM

          Since when?

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        March 21, 2016 2:44 PM

        Maybe apple just gets out of the laptop business. They don't have a working update cycle. It takes them a year to put out a speed bump, and they have to hold an event to do it.

        There are plenty of windows laptops that match the style/build of macbooks, with the same price points, and are consistently updated with current CPUs. The problem with pushing ipad pro as a platform is that it's iOS and apps, not OSX. The Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book have the right idea for converting users to tablets.

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          March 21, 2016 2:47 PM

          Who is going to make the iOS apps? Why would the macbook just last year if they wanted to get out?

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      March 21, 2016 12:01 PM

      9.3 just appeared for OTA updates on my device.

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      March 21, 2016 12:01 PM

      So basically the only two rumors "missed" was the tonal display stuff and the new USB camera kit? Sounds like Apple should probably not even bother to have these events anymore.

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        March 21, 2016 1:31 PM

        Yes because clearly getting the entire news and tech media worlds to talk about your products all at the same time is pointless.

        I think the real issue is they want to sell these things ASAP and so they have to be manufactured ahead of time and so of course one of the 10,000 factory workers required for a global launch is going to sneak some photos out. I mean for fucks sake they're manufacturing a device with a camera on it of course they can get spy shots relatively easily. There was a thing a while back where someone got sold an iPhone with some photos of factory workers on it because the last step in the process is apparently to boot the thing up and test things like the camera and this was like the one phone that didn't get reset for some reason. Seems like that would be the perfect time to sneak in a photo or two.

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          March 21, 2016 1:53 PM

          I was joking really. Of course the press is important for marketing reasons, but it is kind of funny how there are almost zero surprises anymore.

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      March 21, 2016 1:34 PM

      So I have a hard time understanding why looking at blue light right before I go to sleep can affect my sleep patterns after I'm asleep in the dark and no longer looking at any sort of screen. A whole lot of scientists and engineers I assume believe or know otherwise so I doubt it's complete bullshit or anything but I'm just not understanding the connection. Anyone know of a good rundown as to why this is thought to be the case?

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        March 21, 2016 1:40 PM

        Sun goes down, gets warmer and your body is used to it. Blue light messe you up at night/evening.

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        March 21, 2016 1:50 PM

        Melatonin

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        March 21, 2016 2:00 PM

        our body likes to keep a sleep pattern/rhythm going. our body uses melatonin hormones to keep the rhythm, its a hormone that makes you tired and sleepy and is secreted around sleep time. to set/reset the sleep pattern clock, research has found our body uses blue light in particular to reset the clock, which happens generally when we wake up and see sunlight.

        So lots of blue light at night might delay your melatonin release and delay your sleep. just google melatonin and blue light and you'll see some studies

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        March 21, 2016 3:22 PM

        Because you touch yourself.

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      March 21, 2016 4:02 PM

      Who has a doctor that gives a shit enough about them to bother with all this health stuff?

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        March 21, 2016 4:05 PM

        I think the point is the opposite. To put individuals in greater control of their own health data and give companies an opportunity to fill that need (since obviously hospitals aren't about to start doing great iOS app development). Is my doctor going to proactively reach out to me on some of these things? No. But if I can go in to the doctor and now have an app that shows my daily blood sugar levels, diet, whatever then a much more concrete conversation happens around diagnosing and treating symptoms. More data is better.

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          March 21, 2016 4:09 PM

          It would still be much better data if hospitals could be bothered to input all their data on you, you're sure paying enough for the service!