announced - but only if you're using an Apple device.You can watch a live stream of Apple's fall event tomorrow, the company has
Apple will broadcast the event using its internally-developed HTTP Live Streaming Protocol, which requires either a Mac running Safari on Mac OS X version 10.6, an iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 3.0 or higher or an iPad. It's not because Apple only wants its fans watching, however.
The protocol also dynamically adjusts playback quality based on the speed of the connection, making it ideal for mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
QuickTime X is included in the latest version of Mac OS X Snow Leopard, but it's not been ported to Windows yet. The most recent version of QuickTime available for Windows users is the second-newest version, 7.6, released in January of last year.
Apple praised its new protocol in June 2009 for being "based on open standards" which should make the technology more accessible. Apple even submitted the protocol to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) for consideration as a universal standard.
But more than a year later, the standard is effectively proprietary. It's been criticized for being more complicated to implement than advertised. And Microsoft has not said anything about when or whether Windows will support QuickTime X - meaning the vast majority of Web users are not yet on the receiving end.