All of the updates begin Wednesday at 10 a.m. PT when Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to take the stage to kick off what’s sure to be a jam-packed keynote. For those not lucky enough to be able to watch the event live from the San Francisco auditorium, Apple will host a live stream of the entire event on its website.
As usual, Apple limits its live video feed to those running Safari on an iOS device (iOS 7 and later), Mac OS X (10.8.5 with Safari 6.0.5 or newer) or those with a second or third generation Apple TV with 6.2 or later. Interestingly, Windows users have it a lot easier this year compared with previous events — at least, if you’re running Windows 10.
Apple is making its live stream available to Windows users for the first time in years through support for Edge, Microsoft’s new browser introduced with Windows 10.
But, if you don’t have a supported browser or device, you’re not out of luck. There are several different methods to get around Apple’s restrictions. One popular tactic is to change the required settings in your browser in order to fool Apple’s live stream into thinking you’re using a supported browser.
The simplest way to do this is to use an extension or add-on that changes your browser’s user agent settings. The User-Agent Switcher extension for Chrome and User Agent Switcher for Firefox allow you to easily “switch” your settings to Safari, which will enable you to access the live stream.
You can also change your user agent settings manually, though it’s a bit more complicated. See steps for changing your settings manually here.
If all else fails, you can also watch the event using the free VLC media player, which is available for Mac, Windows, Linux and Android. Once you’ve downloaded the software, select “Open Media,” open the Network tab, and enter Apple’s URL for the live stream (you will need to wait for the event to start before you can grab the exact URL.)
Apple’s live streams have encountered technical problems in the past so it’s a good idea to get your setup ready at least a few minutes before the start of the event. Mashable will also be on the ground in San Francisco for the event so follow our live blog for real-time updates and analysis.
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