Apple will live stream its iPhone event on Twitter for the first timeSeptember 11, 2018
Apple has been live-streaming its product announcements for years, but the company has always tried to keep the events on-platform — until now. TechCrunch reports that, this year, Apple will also be streaming its iPhone announcement on Twitter, where it has the chance to reach a new audience that might not know to check out Apple’s website for a streaming link.
This is Apple’s second major expansion in streaming options this year. For WWDC, the company also opened streaming up to people using Chrome and Firefox. Previously, Apple had limited viewing to Safari and Edge users only on the desktop. It had been a ridiculous and arbitrary constraint that really just served as an annoyance for the many Mac owners who use other browsers.
It appears that Apple will be running the live stream through its ridiculous Twitter account, which never tweets and only runs paid ads, so that you can’t actually see anything on its profile page. But once you spot the ad (embedded below), you can like it, which will get Apple to tweet updates at you about the event once it starts tomorrow. It seems like that’s where you’ll be able to watch the live stream, rather than this being a direct partnership with Twitter to have it embedded all over the place.
There was no good reason for Apple to keep limiting its live-streaming audience except to promote Safari (and “I’ve been forced to use Safari” is not good encouragement to switch), so it’s good to see Apple not just lifting that restriction, but coming to where people actually are. Now, hopefully it figures out that YouTube offers a live-streaming feature, too.