How to catch Apple’s September 2015 “Hey Siri” event, and what they might announce

by Joey deVilla on September 9, 2015

Stylized Apple logo with the text  "Hey Siri, give us a hint."

It’s September, which means it’s time for Apple to hold a big event. This one, which they’ve named “Hey Siri, give us a hint” in the promotional material, takes place today in San Francisco at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (1:00 p.m. Eastern, or 17:00 UTC). In this article, I’ll show you how you can watch it online as it happens if you have an Apple device, how to get live updates if you don’t have an Apple device, and what Apple watchers think will be announced today.

How to watch it online (if you have an Apple device)

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivering a keynote presentation, with the Apple logo projected on the screen behind him

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivering a keynote presentation.

Apple will livestream the event at apple.com/live, but you won’t be able to access it on just any old system that you may have lying around. It may be Apple snobbery, a way to make the Apple faithful feel special, a way to keep the broadband bandwidth and costs for what’s likely to be an insanely popular event down, or some combination of all three, but the most — but not all — of the ways you can watch the livestream involve an Apple device.

In order to watch the livestream, you’ll need one of the following:

  • An iOS device — that is, an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch running iOS 7.0 or later. If you’re like most iOS users, you’ve kept your device reasonably up-to-date and should be fine. To double-check which version of iOS you have, go to Settings, then select General (you may have to scroll down), then select About; then look for the Version item.
  • A Mac — Macbook, Mac Mini, iMac, or Mac Pro running:
    • OS X 10.8.5 (OS X 10.8 is also known as “Mountain Lion”) or later. To double-check which version of Mac OS you’re running, click on the Apple menu and select About This Mac. The version number should appear just below the headline for the window that appears.
    • Safari 6.0.5 or later. It has to be Safari: Apple is a jealous and angry god, and they won’t let you view their event on anyone else’s browser.
  • An Apple TV. It’ll need to be a second- or third-generation one running software 6.2 or later. To see which version of software your Apple TV is running, go to Settings, then General, then About.
  • A device running Windows 10 and the Microsoft Edge browser.

How to get live updates

Members of the press liveblogging at an Apple keynote

There are always a number of “liveblogs” of any given Apple announcement.

If you don’t have an Apple device or don’t want the full-on distraction of a live video stream, there are a number of people who’ll be “liveblogging” the event with short, quick, rapid-fire updates of text and photos. Here’s out list of media outlets who’ll be liveblogging today; just click on their link to see their liveblog:

What to expect today — the pundits’ guesses

Tim Cook and a slide showing a pocket watch, Stonehenge, a Casio digital watch, and a turkey leg.

Sometimes Apple surprises us at their keynotes.
Photo by Adam Lisagor. Click to see the source.

Here’s our list of articles that attempt to predict what’ll be announced today. Take them with the appropriately-sized grain of salt:

this article also appears in the GSG blog

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