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How to watch Apple's 'iPhone 13' launch event

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Given that Apple's new event is called "California streaming," it's no surprise that you'll be able to see the "iPhone 13" announcement live, but there are many different ways. Here's how to do it.

Apple hasn't even confirmed that its next event will feature the new "iPhone 13," but it has announced a date, time — and some of the ways to watch. "California Streaming" will be on Tuesday, September 14, from 10:00 a.m. PT.

There is already a page on YouTube where the video will premiere then. YouTube may just be the most universal way to watch, since every device you can think of has a YouTube player.

So whether you're watching on an iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV 4K, or even a PC, you can watch live. Plus you can go to YouTube and set a reminder right now.

Just for completeness, though, note that depending on where you are in the world, the YouTube video has been known to lag a little behind the live stream. If it lags at all, it's in the order of seconds, and certainly never more than a minute.

Still, if you happen to be reading Twitter at the same time, you're likely to see comments like "It costs how much?" before the video has even mentioned the Apple Watch Series 7.

After the event has finished, YouTube has the advantage that it's easier to scrub through looking for the segments you're interested in. On all platforms, you can drag the slider to wind through quickly.

Plus in Safari on a Mac, you can use the standard video editors' scrubbing tools and press J, K, or L, or move around in short jumps.

Apple's own website is also good after the event because it shows markers in the timeline. Hover over the video on a Mac and you'll see dots for each point the subject changes, plus if you click in a certain area, you'll see the description.

Also, if you watch after the stream has finished, Apple will shortly release a version with American Sign Language in-vision on its event page.

Apple's own site

As ever, Apple is streaming the event live via its own website. And as it has for the last several events, it is really streaming it solely via the American version of the site.

If you're watching anywhere else in the world, the local Apple site will be promoting the event and will tell you the local time it starts. But it will then link through to the US page for the actual event.

Apple recommends watching its site on an iPhone 7 or later, iPad 5th generation or later, or Mac through Safari on macOS Mojave 10.14, or later. It notes that you can stream it to an Apple TV, and also that recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge can play if they support MSE, H.264, and AAC.

Apple TV and more

There might seem little point streaming the event from your iPhone to your Apple TV, since you can just watch it directly on that Apple TV 4K. But finding it on there remains as peculiarly difficult as it has since Apple dropped its Apple Events app on Apple TV.

The event will be there, but you will not find it at all until it's begun. Once it has, and then forever afterwards, searching for "Apple events" will turn it up in the Movies section.

Alternatively, just use the YouTube app on Apple TV.

If you're not able to watch on any devices because of where you are, or what you're doing, remember that AppleInsider will have complete coverage during the event, and analysis afterwards.