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Apple iPhone 6 launch: What to expect and how to watch live online

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Apple is all set to launch the iPhone 6 in its planned event on Sept. 9, Tuesday, that will be held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California.

The venue holds much significance to the company as it is the site where late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs unveiled the first Mac computer 20 years ago.

It is expected that Apple will be launching two versions of the iPhone 6; with one featuring a 4.7-inch screen and the other one a much larger 5.5-inch screen tagged as the iPhone 6L.

The choice of the event's venue and its size, along with the "Wish we could say more" tagline that is the only text written on invites sent by Apple to media outlets, has led to speculations that the latest iPhone is not the only thing that Apple will unveil in the event.

It is also rumored that Apple will also be unveiling its entry into the wearable technology market with a smartwatch that is being called the iWatch, though the company has not formally announced a name for the device.

Speculations are further fueled by a large structure that Apple has put up in front of the Flint Center.

Apple enthusiasts and interested parties that wish to watch the event are in luck, as Apple has decided that it will broadcast the Sept. 9 media event through a live streaming link that Apple put up on its website. Users can simply click on the link to watch the event, which will be starting at 1 p.m. EDT / 10 a.m. PDT. 

However, the live stream can only be watched by Apple users. Apple is restricting the link to only be played on the Safari browser of Mac computers, iPhones or iPads. Other browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer, even when operated from an Apple device, will not be able to play the live stream. Mac computers should be running OS X 10.6.8 or later and mobile devices should be on iOS 6.0 or later.

The live stream for the event may also be accessed by owners of the Apple TV device that have version 5.0.2 or later installed.

Rumors point to the fact that the iPhone 6 will go on sale after 10 days following the media event, with the iPhone 6L expected to be released sometime between October and November.

The much-anticipated iWatch, which could be unveiled at the event, may not be put on sale until next year.

While Apple has long been broadcasting the keynote speeches for its annual World Wide Developers Conference, and has also done so for the past two annual iPad events, the company has never broadcasted an iPhone unveiling before.

"I really think that they're going to do an entire product line [unveiling]," said Technology Business Research analyst Ezra Gottheil, stating the significance of the event beyond a simple iPhone unveiling.

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