Today Apple is expected to launch two new iPads to its tablet lineup along with several other new products. For consumers that want to follow along with the announcement, Apple is making a live stream video available on its website and through its Apple TV set-top box.
But there is a catch. You have to be an Apple user to access the live stream.
Only users with Apple’s Safari 4 browser or later, mobile Safari for iOS 4.2 or later and second generator or higher Apple TVs with software version 5.0.2 will be able to stream the announcement. Users trying to reach the live stream through Android or Windows devices, Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Internet Explorer will not be able to view the live stream.
Limiting viewers to Apple devices and the Safari browser has been standard operating procedure for the company. Last year’s October iPad announcement that introduced the iPad Mini was limited to Apple devices as well its World Wide Developers Conference last June.
The live stream can be accessed at Apple’s website here. The event starts at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EST).
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What to want to hear from Apple today? New iPads with Touch ID sensors? An iPad Mini with Retina Display? New MacBooks with Intel’s “Haswell” chip and Retina Display? Maybe, just maybe, a smartwatch? Let us know in the comments.