In a surprise reversal of a longstanding policy on livestreaming, Apple has announced it will let you watch Tuesday’s iPad Mini launch event from San Jose — so long as you already have an Apple device with an Apple browser to watch it on.
Translation: you’ll need a Mac, an iPhone, an iPad or an Apple TV.
You can also watch on an Apple TV — so long as it’s a second- or third-generation device, upgraded to version 5.0.2 or later.
The livestream will start at 10am Pacific time, exactly the moment CEO Tim Cook is expected to step out on stage at the California Theatre in San Jose and begin the event that unveils Apple’s first new product line since 2010.
In the past, Apple has preferred to post a video of its launch events hours after the fact, usually by the end of that day. It has cracked down on any invited guests streaming the event themselves (which often occurs in front of a larger audience, such as its annual developers’ conference.)
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