Apple has sent out invitations to the media for its September 12 event where it is expected to unveil the 10th anniversary iPhone along with a new Apple Watch and Apple TV. The event will be held at the new Steve Jobs Theater in Apple’s new campus on September 12. The Steve Jobs Theater has a seating capacity of only 1,000, which is barely sufficient for tech journalists and industry experts. Are you looking to watch the iPhone 8 event livestream online?
Millions of Apple fans and iOS developers from around the world will not be able to attend the special event in person. They will have to find other ways to watch Tim Cook’s keynote address. Fortunately, the tech giant will not disappoint its fans. Just like it has done in the past, Apple will live stream the event. Here’s how you can watch the iPhone 8 event livestream right from the comfort of your home.
What time does it start?
Apple’s special event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, September 12th. For people living in New York, it’s 1 p.m. ET. Also, that’s 6 p.m. BST on Sept.12 and 3 a.m. AEST on September 13th.
How to watch the iPhone 8 event livestream?
You’ll need an Apple device or a Windows 10 PC with Edge browser if you want to watch the iPhone 8 event livestream.
iPhone, iPad, and iPod users
Apple allows you to livestream the iPhone 8 event directly through its website. Bookmark this link and come back to it on September 12th just a few minutes before the event kicks off. However, make sure that your iDevice is running Safari browser on iOS 7 or later. It won’t work on Chrome.
If you own a Mac computer, you can tune in to the event by visiting this link on September 12 at 10 a.m. PT. Apple requires that your Mac is running Safari browser version 6.0.5 or later on OS X 10.8.5 or later. Third party developers have also made several apps available on macOS to let you watch the special event, but Apple doesn’t recommend this method to users.
Apple TV users
Own an Apple TV? You’ll be able to watch the iPhone 8 event livestream, but only if you have the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th generation of the box. Apple requires it to run the software version 6.2 or later to stream the show. The tech giant has released an Apple Events app that you can download to your Apple TV box. Right now, the app’s color scheme has been updated to match the Apple launch invite. There is also a placeholder that says, “Watch the first-ever special event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California.”
Windows PC users
Last year, Apple allowed Windows users to enjoy its special event on their PCs as long as they were running Windows 10. The company is also allowing Windows 10 users to watch this year’s show live. Just launch the Edge browser on your Windows 10 PC and visit this link a few minutes before the scheduled time. You will be able to watch the iPhone 8 event livestream just like Mac users.
What will it be called?
For now, the 10th anniversary iPhone is being referred to as the iPhone 8 in media. The other two handsets set to debut with it are called iPhone 7S and 7S Plus. However, the actual names could be different. Some in the rumor mill claim the anniversary edition phone could be called iPhone X, iPhone Edition, or iPhone Pro. The other two handsets are rumored to be called iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
We will find out the official names of the upcoming iPhones in a few days.
Anniversary iPhone to get a major design overhaul
Apple hasn’t changed the iPhone design in the last three years. The 10th-anniversary model will have a radical new design. The iPhone 8 (or whatever its official name turns out to be) will have a 5.8-inch OLED screen with a top ‘notch’. The notch will house the front-facing camera, 3D infrared sensor, and the ear speakers. The “ears” on either side of the notch will display the icons for WiFi, cellular strength, battery, time, and Bluetooth.
The rumor mill and Wall Street analysts are certain that the iPhone 8 would launch without a physical home button. Apple will use new gesture controls to let users navigate through the interface and apps. The handset is said to have a glass back to facilitate wireless charging. Other features coming to the iPhone 8 are a dual camera setup, an A11 chipset, and augmented reality.
iPhone 8 price
It will certainly not be cheap. Most people won’t be able to afford it. The iPhone 7S and 7S Plus could be priced in the same range as the current flagship models. But the iPhone 8 will be in its own league when it comes to price. According to the New York Times, it will have a starting price of $999 for the 64GB model. There will also be 256GB and 512GB models with price tags of $1,099 and $1,199, respectively.
The tech giant has an iPhone Upgrade Program that allows customers to get a new iPhone when it comes out for just a little over $30 per month. The price may vary depending on the configurations you choose. It is unclear whether the iPhone 8 will be part of the program. Currently, the most expensive 256GB iPhone 7 Plus costs $45.75 per month under the Upgrade Program.
iPhone 8 pre-order and release date
The rumor mill claims all the three iPhones will go on pre-order just days after the unveiling. Apple traditionally starts accepting pre-orders on Friday after the unveiling event. It means you will be able to pre-order your new iPhones starting September 15 at midnight Pacific Time. The phones should go on sale on September 22 in key markets. Other countries will get the devices in October.