Apple's WWDC 2018 Keynote Will Actually be Watchable on Chrome and Firefox

By Tom Pritchard on at

One of the most irritating things about being a tech journalist who doesn't use Apple products used to be the fact that Apple would only ever stream its product launches through Safari. Or specifically Safari on an Apple device, which made it very difficult to actually watch them try and peddle their latest product lineup. That changed with the launch of Edge, though that still wasn't ideal because Edge is still pretty crappy.

Thankfully Apple's taking a step forward to inclusivity, and it looks as though the keynote speech at WWDC 2018 will be available to watch on Chrome and Safari.

Apple has just posted a stream page for the speech, which is set to take place on 4th June at 6pm, and hiding down in the small print is this little nugget: "Other platforms may also be able to access the stream using recent versions of Chrome or Firefox (MSE, H.264, and AAC required)."

Naturally, Apple being Apple, it uses the opportunity to push its own products. And Edge:

"This stream is best experienced on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using Safari on iOS 10 or later; a Mac using Safari on macOS Sierra 10.12 or later; or a PC using Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge. Streaming to Apple TV via AirPlay requires an Apple TV (2nd generation or later) with the latest Apple TV software or tvOS."

It's not clear why Apple has suddenly decided it's fine with Chrome and Firefox users tuning in, but that said the fact Apple has deliberately skipped over them in the past has never made much sense. No sane person is going to buy an Apple product just so they can tune into the two or three product launches they have every year. Seeing as how Chrome and Firefox are the two most popular browsers in the world, it's far more useful for Apple to appeal to those users and let them watch things without having to resort to crappy streams. [TechRadar]