For the first time in years, Apple is planning to stream its iPhone event to Windows users. A webpage for the September 9th iPhone event reveals that Apple will support Windows 10 PCs with the Microsoft Edge browser. Typically, Windows users have had to resort to using VLC or another media app just to access Apple’s stream during a big iPhone or iPad unveiling.
Apple uses HTTP Live Streaming technology (HLS) that is part of QuickTime, Safari, OS X, and iOS. It’s a protocol implemented by Apple and suggested as a standard, but it’s not one that many other companies have used widely. While iTunes for Windows already supports HLS, Apple has always kept its stream limited to the web for Safari and iOS devices. Microsoft implemented support for HLS as part of the Microsoft Edge browser, allowing Apple to stream its event to more than 75 million Windows 10 machines next month. If you’ve not upgraded to Windows 10 yet, you’ll need to use VLC or another third-party app on September 9th.