WWDC 2018: How to Livestream Apple’s iOS 12 Event on Your iPhone

The company is set to make big changes to the iPhone.


Apple’s big event is almost here. The company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, scheduled this year for June 4, will take place in San Jose, California. Apple is expected to unveil new updates for iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS, but there’s also a chance the company unveils one of its proverbial “one more thing” announcements.

It’s a big moment for Apple. The $999 iPhone X sold nearly 50 million units in the space of six months to claim the title of world’s best-selling smartphone, and now Apple is expected to capitalize on that success by introducing new features. Expected additions include new Animoji support for FaceTime, deeper Siri A.I. integration and support for Horizontal Face ID, perhaps including the unveiling of a Face ID-powered iPad.

Other announcements are expected to focus on the Mac side. An alleged big leak over the weekend suggested that the new version of macOS would support dark mode, Apple News, and an App Store with video previews.

iPhone X

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Here’s what you need to know:

When is the WWDC Keynote?

The keynote will start at these times on Monday:

  • 10 a.m. Pacific time
  • 1 p.m. Eastern time
  • 6 p.m. British Summertime
  • 7 p.m. Central European time
  • 1 a.m. China time (Tuesday)
  • 3 a.m. Australian Eastern time (Tuesday)

Here are your options for viewing the WWDC 2018 livestream:

Apple’s Official Website

Perhaps the simplest way to get started is by Apple’s official instructions.

  • Update your iOS device to iOS 10 or later.
  • Connect to Wi-fi if possible — you don’t want to use up your data allowances.
  • Open up Safari and follow this link.

This option also works for a limited number of non-Apple devices, including Chrome or Firefox users with MSE, H.264 and AAC support enabled.


Another option is to use YouTube, which will work on almost any YouTube-supporting device. You can also Chromecast from your iPhone to a supported device, assuming you don’t have an AirPlay-compatible setup for the above method.

Searching “WWDC 2018 livestream” will bring up a number of results, including YouTubers providing commentary and reaction to the news if you prefer to have more commentary with your stream. Unlike the Apple method, there’s no guarantee of good quality and you may find the added commentary somewhat grating.

If you miss the show, Apple tends to post the livestream on its YouTube channel after the event, providing yet another means of catching up after the show.

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