It’s time to “spring forward” to Apple’s next big new product bonanza. After being announced back in September, the Apple Watch will take the stage again on Monday. This time, Apple will hopefully clear up a lot of the questions it left open in September—like how much the dang thing is going to cost. We could also see other new products, like a long-awaited Retina display MacBook Air or a revamped Apple TV.
In the off chance you didn’t score one of the handful of invites to the potentially star-studded announcement, never fear! WIRED will be there, and you’ll get to experience the event through our eyes, ears, and wrists.
Apple will also be streaming the event live, if you can spare the screen space (and your boss doesn’t notice your drop in productivity). Here’s how to tune in.
What Time Does the Apple Event Start?
Apple CEO Tim Cook will take the stage at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern on Monday, March 9. There’s no handy countdown clock like there have been or previous events, but you can add the event to your calendar if you need a reminder.
Can I Watch a Livestream?
Indeed! You can do that right here:
But there’s a catch: You have to use specific pieces of software and hardware. If you’re watching from a computer, the video stream will only work on Safari 5.1.10 or later, and that the browser must be running on Mac OS X 10.6.8 onward, according to the fine print on Apple’s livestream page. The company doesn’t officially support streaming of the video to Windows PCs, Android phones, or anything other than Apple-made hardware.
If you’re on a mobile device, according to that same fine print, you’re restricted to using mobile Safari on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch running iOS 6 or later.
If you’re at home or hosting a viewing party in the office conference room, you can watch the event on your second- or third-gen Apple TV, as long as it’s running firmware version 6.2 or later. These are the same hardware and software requirements Apple had last time around. You should be able to find it under an Apple Events channel that pops up for occasions just like this one.
What Are My Other Options?
If your workplace won’t be particularly excited to have you watching a 90-minute livestream in the middle of the day, or if you want instant analysis instead of marketing spiel, you should follow along with WIRED’s live coverage from San Francisco. It’ll work on your platform of choice, for your viewing pleasure. Keep your browser tuned to our live blog for minute-by-minute updates. We’ll post the link to our live blog at the top of the WIRED homepage first thing Monday morning; keep your browser tuned there for minute-by-minute updates from myself, Christina Bonnington (@redgirlsays) and the illustrious David Pierce (@piercedavid). If you prefer to keep your Apple event coverage pace more casual, we’ll be sharing links to in-depth stories on GadgetLab’s Twitter feed (@gadgetlab), WIRED’s Twitter feed (@wired), and of course the WIRED homepage.
I Don’t Need to Watch, I’ll Be There In Person
Look at you, fancy pants. Why don’t you hitch a ride in Apple’s self-driving, electric car, or have your chauffeur drop off your Bentley at the Moscone Center. Make sure your wrist is clean and exfoliated, so you don’t tarnish any of the Apple Watch demo units you’ll be trying on after the event (and psst, sneak one out for us, will ya? Just kidding, just kidding).
Otherwise, we’ll see you Monday!