Update - 5:04 p.m.: Apple has posted the full video of its Tuesday media event on its website, which includes unveiling of the iPhone 5S and 5C.
Update - 11:50 a.m.: Apple released a statement to Gotta Be Mobile regarding a live stream of its iPhone announcement: "No live stream has been announced. Thanks for your interest." Though the live feed is not yet up, we still expect Apple to host a live stream for Tuesday's event -- Apple told press in 2011 that there would be no live stream for its iPhone 4S event, only to post a live stream several minutes before the presentation -- so keep refreshing the page as we hope to update you with details of the live stream as soon as we have them. Scott Stein of CNET also pointed out a number of TV uplink vans lining the perimeter of 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, so we do plan on a live stream. Thanks for your patience.
It's a big day for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), as the Cupertino, Calif.-based computer company is ready to host its special media event that's expected to introduce not one, but two new iPhone models, called iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C (for its high- and low-end offerings, respectively). Invitations for the event, which Apple released to the press a week ago, read, "This should brighten everyone's day."
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Given the incredible hype surrounding Tuesday's iPhone event, which begins at 1 p.m. EST (10 a.m. in Cupertino), and most people are understandably looking for an online live stream to watch the Apple event unfold in real-time. Luckily for those interested, we have a few ways to live stream Apple's iPhone event. If Apple decides to host an embeddable live stream option, we will host the live stream directly on this page; however, should an embeddable live stream option never become available, users still have three main ways to live stream the Apple iPhone 5S and 5C event.
For computer users, Apple is planning to broadcast the iPhone 5S and 5C event on its Safari Web browser, which requires a Mac running OS X 10.6 or later. For mobile users, Apple will also live stream the iPhone event via Safari on iOS devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPad mini and iPod Touch, on any device running iOS 4.2 or later. Apple has also decided to restore its “Apple Events” app on Apple TV, and any owners of a second- or third-generation Apple TV will be able to watch the iPhone event there starting at 10 a.m. PST.
Apple will also post Tuesday's presentation in full directly on its website later in the day, which is tradition for the company; in fact, Apple never used to live stream any of its major events, which made the unveilings feel more mysterious and exclusive. It was believed that Apple founder Steve Jobs wanted total control over his product launches, and choosing to live stream any Apple events would effectively remove control provided by the editing room. With millions of live viewers tuning in to watch the single real-time stream, Jobs may have wanted a chance to correct any on-stage blunders, which aren't uncommon for technology-related unveilings (right, Microsoft?) But the live stream option changed with Tim Cook at the helm at Apple, likely because the former operations specialist realizes how these product announcements are great opportunities to directly and indirectly promote company products (since you need to own an Apple device to live stream the event in the first place).
Apple's iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C Event: What We're Expecting
Though Tuesday's event will revolve largely around the iPhone, Apple is also expected to reintroduce its iOS 7, the company's redesigned mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and even make a few software announcements regarding iWork and iLife, its productivity software suites dedicated to work and play, respectively. Here, we've broken down each of our predictions for Tuesday's Apple event.
1. Reintroducing of iOS 7, plus free iLife and iWork
Besides new iPhones (more on that later), Apple also plans to release new software to accompany its new mobile hardware. Introduced at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC 2013, in June, iOS 7 is the first redesign of the company’s mobile operating system since the introduction of the original iPhone in 2007.
Apple has completely revamped the classic icons, colors, style and textures of iOS to make it feel simpler yet more sophisticated. The interface acts like a series of layers, which provides context in a way that makes navigation feel even more intuitive than before. But iOS 7 isn’t just a cosmetic release: Apple added dozens of important features and tools to make the new iOS more productive. Most notable among the new iOS 7 features are the helpful Control Center that provides quick access to important settings; the built-in parallax that shifts the background image in response to one’s movements; a new way to multitask apps; the AirDrop feature for sharing photos or documents with other iPhone users in the area; and many others.
In addition to the iOS 7 features we know about, we’re also expecting Apple to address a few missing items from this summer’s iOS 7 introduction, including iWork and iLife, Apple’s software suites dedicated to work and play, respectively. For years, Apple offered its iWork and iLife as paid applications, which needed to be purchased separately on each platform (iPhone, iPad and Mac). Luckily, since Apple will begin hosting its iWork software on the Web with iOS 7 (presumably for free), rumors have indicated the company will eliminate the cost of iWork applications once iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks are released to the public. Code discovered within the iOS 7 beta 3 also suggests Apple will release all its iWork and iLife apps for free, and we believe Apple will address these new software platforms on Sept. 10.
For more on iOS 7, check out our visual guide on iOS 7 to learn more about the new design, some surprise features we discovered in the very first iOS 7 beta and our collection of 80-plus screenshots of iOS 7.
2. iPhone 5S
Once Apple addresses iOS 7 at its Sept. 10 event, it’ll be time to talk hardware. We’re expecting Apple to introduce the successor to last year’s iPhone 5, by all accounts called the iPhone 5S, likely because of Apple's "S" naming pattern for iPhone instituted every two years, as well as the phone's reported focus on security.
The iPhone 5S will look nearly identical to the iPhone 5, except for its pill-shaped dual-LED flash, which will replace the circular flash from the iPhone 5. But besides outside cosmetic changes, the iPhone 5S will feature the same 4-inch Retina display and chamfered diamond-cut edges, as well as some new innards. Rumors point to a new A7 processor, a slightly modified battery for greater life, a new camera system for slow-motion video photography, and a fingerprint sensor presumably to let users authenticate ownership and user passwords by simply holding their thumbs on the iPhone’s signature home button.
The iPhone 5S is expected to release in three improved storage capacities, now starting at 32 GB and ranging up to 128 GB, and feature at least one new color – gold. Rumors also point to a new graphite-shaded iPhone 5S, but we’re not positive about that yet. Check out our rundown of expected iPhone 5S features before it sees its release date in a couple of weeks.
3. iPhone 5C
We’re expecting Apple to announce a completely new iPhone besides the iPhone 5S, called the iPhone 5C. By all accounts, the iPhone 5C will release with all of the same inner specs and features as the iPhone 5 -- a 4-inch Retina display at 326 ppi, an A6 chip, a FaceTime HD camera and an 8-megapixel rear side camera -- but will come encased in a colorful, polycarbonate shell. We believe the iPhone 5C will be available in five colors, including yellow, blue, green, rose and white.
But the selling point of the iPhone 5C, besides its colors, will be its price. Many originally predicted Apple would release the iPhone 5C at the same price as the iPhone 4, which is currently being sold for $0 with a two-year contract in the U.S., or for about 3,000 yuan (roughly equivalent to $490) in China. However, some rumors have indicated the iPhone 5 will be eliminated from the iPhone lineup entirely, which could mean the iPhone 5S price is $199, the iPhone 5C cost is $99, and keep the iPhone 4S at its $0 on-contract price as its last remaining iPhone with a 3.5-inch screen.
What are you hoping to see at Apple’s Sept. 10 event? Do you plan on live streaming the event? Have you had any issues with the live stream? Let us know your thoughts on today's various iPhone and iOS announcements from Apple in the comments section below.