Apple has sent out invitations to a special ‘Gather Round’ press event on Wednesday 12 September 2018, and this is virtually certain to see the launch of new iPhone handsets. (We also expect the Apple Watch 4, AirPower, and quite possibly the iPad Pro X; read our thoughts on what Apple will announce here.) If you haven’t been invited to attend in person, you will want to know how to watch it live – which is where we come in.
Fortunately, it’s easy to watch the iPhone launch event. Apple will stream it live on its website (on this page) so that everyone can watch the unveiling of the new Apple products; provided the system you browse with meets the hardware requirements, you’re all set for the night.
Below we outline the options for Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, as well as the hardware and software requirements to watch the video. You will also be able to read through our live blog to see reaction to the news as it happens.
Don’t worry too much if you miss the event, as it’ll be available to watch whenever you want from the Apple TV’s Apple Events app, or from Apple’s own Events page.
What time will the iPhone keynote start?
The event takes place on 12 September, and is scheduled to start at 10am PDT local time. That translates to 6pm UK time (BST).
Apple events usually start fairly punctually. The keynote livestream itself may not start until a few minutes after the commencement time – don’t worry if you’re a few minutes late as your video feed will start from the beginning – but if the video above hasn’t at least started showing shots of the crowd, background music etc by five past, it’s fair to assume that your link might be playing up.
There will be some padding (apologies to Tim Cook but it’s true) near the start of the event, with discussion of recent corporate successes, sales figures, customer satisfaction reports and so on. But don’t bank on this taking long this year: if the rumour mill is halfway accurate there will be masses of new products to squeeze in, so they’ll get on with the business pretty quickly.
The whole thing is likely to last somewhere between two and two and a half hours based on our knowledge of previous events.
How to watch the iPhone 2018 launch on PC or Mac
While you need to be running Safari on macOS 10.11 or later, or Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 to watch the livestream, that isn’t a requirement to rewatch the event (PC users can watch the feed after the event on Windows 7 or 8).
To watch, simply head to the Apple September 2018 Event page.
How to watch the iPhone 2018 launch on iPad or iPad
Apple says that its keynote videos are best experienced on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using Safari on iOS 10 or later (although it will play on iOS 9 too).
You can watch or rewatch the keynote at the same link as above: Apple September 2018 Event page.
How to watch the iPhone 2018 launch on Apple TV
For Apple TV users, the process is slightly different. Instead of heading to a dedicated website, users should access the ‘Apple Events’ app shortly before the event. Once opened, users should be welcomed with the option to live-stream Apple’s September event – if not, give it a little while and check back. Apple TV requires an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software 6.2 or later, or an Apple TV (4th generation or later).
Apple TV users will be able to rewatch the keynote (as long as they have a 2nd-gen or later model running the latest Apple TV software or tvOS) via the Apple Events app.
iPhone 2018 launch live blog
If you’re unable to watch Apple’s live stream for whatever reason, you’ll be glad to know that we’ll be hosting our own live blog (see above) of the event from this page. We’ll be updating the blog with every announcement from Apple’s iPhone event as soon as it happens, along with commentary from some of the Macworld UK team. Don’t forget to bookmark this page and head back here this evening at 6pm GMT.
You’ll be able to read our live blog of the keynote as it happened here.