Apple will be live streaming today’s iPad mini event to Apple TV owners via a new “Apple Events” app. The app, or “channel,” was remotely added to the Apple TV homescreen just today, and can already be used to stream previous Apple event keynotes.
Apple typically doesn’t provide a live stream of its keynote, although it does make the keynote video available a few hours after the event ends. The last time Apple live streamed an event was in October 2010, when the company hosted its “Back to the Mac” event.
This marks the first time Apple is using the Apple TV for providing a live stream of its event, indicative of Apple’s view of how the device’s future looks like.
There doesn’t seem to be any official link for live streaming the keynote on devices other than the Apple TV, but a few folks analysed the web traffic sent to and from the Apple TV, and point to this .m3u8 link, which will reportedly work during the keynote. Since this isn’t official, though, there’s no assurance of the link remaining the same once the keynote begins.
— Beau Giles (@BeauGiles) October 23, 2012
Update 1: Apple updated the events section of its website to let us know that there will be a web-based live stream of the event too. You can access the livestream by heading over to this link. However, it notes:
Live streaming video requires Safari 4 or later on Mac OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later.
Apple’s iPad mini event will start in:
Since Apple is live streaming the event, we won’t be live blogging the event, but we’ll tell you everything you need to know about Apple’s smaller iPad and other products that are unveiled at the event.
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