How to watch the iPhone 7 launch

Alex Kidman 5 September 2016

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If you’re keen to find out exactly what Apple’s up to, you have plenty of options to watch the iPhone 7 live stream.

Apple will hold an event on 7 September at which it’s widely tipped that it will announce the successor or successors to the iPhone 6s/6s Plus range, generally referenced as the iPhone 7.

The event itself is open only to selected media and tech industry types, but Apple has provided multiple ways you can watch the event if you’re particularly keen.

That keen part can’t be understated, because due to time zone differences, the iPhone 7 launch will kick off in Australia on 8 September at 3am AEST. That’s when we can expect Tim Cook to take to the stage, briefly talk about Apple’s current fortunes, take a few digs at his Android competition and then let other Apple senior executives take the stage. Expect to see Sir Jony Ive in lots of suspiciously white room videos as well.

How to watch the iPhone 7 launch on your computer

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Apple has a specific event page for its 7 September event where it will stream the entire launch for anyone to watch. Naturally you’ll need a sufficiently robust broadband connection too, as well as a browser compatible with Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming technology. As should be no surprise, Apple’s own Safari browser is compatible with that standard, so Mac users should use the in-house browser to watch.

It might surprise you, but Safari for Windows doesn’t support HTTP Live Streaming, so even if you are part of the very small audience that uses Apple’s browser on Microsoft’s platform, you wouldn’t be able to watch that way. However, if you’re a Windows 10 user, Microsoft’s Edge browser is supported for streaming, so that would be the best way to watch the event.

How to watch the iPhone 7 launch on your Apple TV

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In terms of ease of use, the Apple TV is the easiest way to watch the event, hands down. Apple runs a dedicated Events channel which streams all of its events directly to the Apple TV itself. Owners of the 2nd or 3rd generation Apple TV should find that the channel is not-so-subtly placed in a prime place on the menu page, while owners of the 4th generation Apple TV can install the Apple Events App for streaming purposes.

How to watch the iPhone 7 launch on your smartphone?

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If you’re an iPhone user, the easiest way to watch will be via the inbuilt Safari browser, which, once again, supports the HTTP Live Streaming needed to watch. Just point your browser at Apple’s event page and have at it in the early hours of 8 September.

For Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry users there’s no simple way to watch. In previous years workarounds have existed using VLC player streaming, but they’re far from assured. If you’re keen enough to get up at 3am, it might be wise to have a laptop or iPhone handy for the purposes of watching, or you can simply read the full coverage here at finder.com.au.

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