Where Can You Watch Apple's WWDC? You'll Need An Apple Device Or A Special Video Player To See It
Apple's official 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference is almost here, and the countdown to cool new updates has already begun. With buzz surrounding the potential roll-out of new iOS, Homekit, and Apple TV upgrades (and all of the nearly-$1,600 tickets already sold out), it's no wonder that legions of Apple fans and tech geeks are looking for a way to tunnel into the conference for free. But while the event will be presented in an additional online livestream, those without an Apple device, such as an iPhone or a MacBook, might be down on their luck.
At least, it will be more difficult for them to catch a glimpse of the conference — but not impossible. Until the company decides not to keep the stream hostage, you can download a new extension developed by VideoLAN, a non-profit organization "composed of volunteers, developing and promoting free, open-source multimedia solutions" (according to their site), and tune into the live event regardless of your choice in operating system. Once downloaded, reports Macworld's David Price, the VLC media player will allow you to watch alongside all your fellow salivating iGeeks without having to compromise your dedication to your beloved PC.
"[Once you've downloaded the extension and opened it up], go to 'Media' ... 'Open Network Stream' and paste in the [livestream] URL," explained Price on Friday. "Finally, press 'Play'."
Luckily for those who already own a Mac, iPad, or iPhone, the process is a lot simpler: on Monday, June 8, at 10 a.m. PDT, open up your Safari browser and head to apple.com/live. Grab a bowl of popcorn and your wishlist, and enjoy — because this year's conference looks to be another exciting one, despite the fact that the company won't be rolling out any new devices.
"The announcements at WWDC matter if you own an Apple product, because you’ll see some or all of the new things soon," explained Wired' s David Pierce on Thursday. "And they matter if you don’t, because no company changes the shape and course of the industry quite like The Big Fruit."
Pierce is right — no matter what kind of tech Apple debuts or simulates, it's known as a game-changer for a reason. While sales of the coveted Apple Watch went through the roof within hours after its presentation in April, it wasn't the first time a smartwatch had been given the green light in the consumer marketplace. With wearables like the Moto 360, the LG G Watch, and the Pebble Time watch (arguable Apple's preeminent rival and predecessor) already on shelves, Apple's watch wasn't exactly unmarked territory. But the clean design and simple interface that the company is famous for gave the smartwatch a brand new overhaul that pushed it far over the top of its competitors.
With the new updates set to debut on Monday, the company stands to profit from even more hype surrounding the wait-listed product — and consumers aren't the only ones excited.
"We're looking forward to that," app-company Confide's co-founder and CPO Jeff Grossman told Business Insider, of rumors that Apple would be allowing developers to build watch-specific apps. "We even held ourselves back a little with what we built, partly because we had to build it without using the watch."
Whatever tech strikes your fancy, you're sure to find information about it during Monday's WWDC event — just make sure you tune in the right way first.