Last night, Apple announced that today’s press event will be streamed live on the internet. Those using a Mac running OS 10.6 or an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch (the last two must be running iOS 3.0 or higher) will be able to view the stream, which will be broadcast using HTTP Live Streaming. Users of Windows PCs and other devices are left out in the cold though MacRumors points out that there may be a work-around through the use of VLC, an open source media player for both the Mac and PC.
If you’re on a Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, you can tune in to Apple’s site at 10:00 a.m. PDT to watch the event. We expect Apple to have a large audience for today’s event and it’s uncertain whether or not Apple’s servers will be able to hold up under the strain. Cult of Mac reports that this streaming will be a test of Apple’s new data center in North Carolina in order to “ability to stream a future version of iTunes for iOS devices.” Apple recently indicated that the data center would be ready by the end of this year and rumors have pegged its purpose as the backbone for future cloud services the company may offer.
There’s a lot of speculation about what will be announced today, as is always the case with Apple’s events. At the top of the list in a summary at MacRumors are new iPod models and a next-generation Apple TV, among others.
This is the first time in several years that Apple is providing a live video stream of one of its press events and we’re hoping that this will turn into a regular practice for the company. We’ll be glued to our Macs in just a little while and we’ll be sure to report on any app-related announcements made.