Apple will webcast today's keynote speech, but only to those using Apple devices or running OS X in a virtual machine. Apple today announced that it will webcast the keynote of its developers conference live starting at 10 a.m. PT.
The webcast will be available only on the company's own hardware, or via an OS X-powered virtual machine.
Executives, including CEO Tim Cook, are expected to outline the next iterations of iOS, the firm's mobile operating system, and OS X, the Mac's operating system, as well as introduce but not launch an Internet radio-style music service during the keynote of the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which runs this week in San Francisco.
The iOS 7 upgrade has collected the most interest, as it will unveil the first significant visual redesign since the operating system's 2007 debut, when it was pegged "iPhone OS." Most experts anticipate a "flatter" design that also eliminates most, if not all, the skeuomorphic elements that portray software with real-world traits, such as the wooden bookshelves in iBooks.
Also on most analysts' tip sheets for the keynote: A refresh of some or all of the MacBook portables, with Intel's next-generation Core processor, code named "Haswell," prominent in the new notebooks.
The keynote webcast will be available on Macs via Safari 4 or later on OS X Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion; on all iOS devices, including iPhones and iPads, using iOS 4.2 or later; and on the third- and fourth-generation Apple TV.
Windows users are apparently out in the cold, although those who have created a virtual machine (VM) and installed a suitable version of OS X on that VM, should be able to watch the webcast.
Apple's decision to webcast the WWDC keynote was a replay of last year, when it also opened the proceedings to the public.
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