September iPhone event marks return of live stream for Windows users

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Next month's iPhone event will mark the first time in recent history that Windows users will be able to officially live-stream an Apple presentation, the company quietly revealed on Thursday through the event's website.

Windows 10 users will be able to watch via Microsoft's built-in Edge browser, according to the site's fine print. This is because the software supports the same HTTP Live Streaming technology found in Apple apps like QuickTime and Safari.

Previously, people wanting to tune into an Apple event had to have an OS X, iOS, or Apple TV device, or else find workarounds through software such as VLC. iTunes for Windows technically supports HLS, but for reasons unknown the company has never given it options for tuning into live press events.

Using HLS has offered a variety of advantages for Apple, including avoiding Flash, but the standard has comparatively little support beyond the company's ecosystem. The decision has inherently limited the scope of audiences.

The event is scheduled for Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. Pacific, or 1 p.m. Eastern. The focus of the event is expected to be on an iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but Apple should also show off a fourth-generation Apple TV enhanced with an A9 processor, an App Store, Siri voice control, and a touchpad remote.