How To: Watch Apple's WWDC 2019 Keynote on Any Device

Watch Apple's WWDC 2019 Keynote on Any Device

Apple had its Worldwide Developers Conference on June 3, 2019, which showcased big software announcements for all of Apple's hardware, and anyone can watch the keynote as it happened.

WWDC 2019's biggest attraction is iOS 13, which was rumored to include a real dark mode, an enhanced Mail app, and glide typing, to name just a few features, but we also got a first look at macOS 10.15, tvOS 13, and watchOS 6. If you want to see the event as it unfolded in real time in June, which took place in San Jose, California, you can watch the keynote from any computer or smartphone.

First of all, events like this can take a big bite out of your day. WWDCs have been known to run for two hours or longer, with this one being just over two hours, so make sure to plan accordingly. Apple uploaded the keynote to YouTube, embedded below, so you can watch directly from here. The video is also available on Apple's website.

Apple started the presentation at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) on Monday, June 3, 2019, and hosted a lucky audience at the McEnery Convention Center. Apple CEO Tim Cook, of course, took the stage, as well as others, most notably, the senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi.

Official Requirements for Livestreaming WWDC 2019

Note: these instructions only apply when Apple livestreams events. To watch the keynote right now, view the YouTube video above or watch it on Apple's site.

When an event is livestreamed on Apple's site, you needed the following setups:

The above platforms are what Apple clarified as the "best" way to experience the stream. However, things aren't as rigid as they once were. You can watch live events in recent versions of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, so long as those versions support MSE (Media Service Extensions), in addition to H.264 (video) and AAC (audio). If you're running another web browser that meets these qualifications, it should play the stream as well.

AirPlaying the live presentation to an Apple TV (second gen. or later) is also an option. You need the latest tvOS version, as well as the most recent iOS or macOS version.

Where to Watch the Keynote Presentation

Note: these instructions only apply when Apple livestreams events. To watch the keynote right now, view the YouTube video above or watch it on Apple's site.

If you're trying to watch a livestreamed event on your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or Apple TV, the WWDC or Apple Events app may be the best way to go. If you're in front of a computer or don't want to install those apps on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, click the link below to launch the stream in Safari or another compatible browser.

How Android Users Can Watch

Note: these instructions only apply when Apple livestreams events. To watch the keynote right now, view the YouTube video above or watch it on Apple's site.

While Apple doesn't denote a method for Android users to watch live events, you can follow the rule of the thumb for web browsers mentioned above. If you're using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, you'll be good to go, as these apps support MSE, H.264, and AAC. Again, if you're using another web browser, it should work so long as it supports these formats.

Kindle users should find their Amazon Fire tablet supports the stream as well, on popular web browsers. You can also copy and paste the video feed directly into an app like VLC for Android or VLC for Fire. However, you shouldn't need to do this, as most browsers nowadays support the proper livestream formats.

Missed It? Don't Worry

If you don't want to watch a video livestream for whatever reason, you won't miss out. Apple will release a podcast version of live events which you can play in the Apple Podcasts app. The company also will keep a version of it in its Apple Events webpage for at least a couple years. And there is always the YouTube video embedded above.

We'll be covering a lot of the new features in iOS 13, so if that's what you care about, stay tuned to our iOS 13 collection for tips and news on the next big operating system for iPhone.

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