3 Ways to Watch WWDC 2016 on Your Apple TV

The Future of WWDC is Apps

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Apple TV News From WWDC 2016.

Apple's biggest annual event the Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) takes place from June 13 in San Francisco. The most important date in Apple's year, WWDC is where the company sets the scene for its platforms for the next 12-months. Apple Watch OS 2, iOS 9, OS X El Capitan and Apple Music were among the highlights of last year's keynote, and speculation for 2016 suggests even more to come. So how can you stay up-to-date with the event using your new Apple TV 4?

Here are three ways:

The WWDC App

Apple has introduced the latest edition of its WWDC app with versions for both Apple TV and iOS users to let them watch key sessions, talks, and the opening keynote right inside the app.

This isn't just because Apple wants you to see it, it is also because the company knows that tens of thousands of professional developers want to attend its annual event, more than can possibly do so, and that's why it makes these clips available through the app.

What this means for the rest of us is that if we want to enhance our understanding of how Apple's operating systems work or even plan to become developers ourselves, all the information we need is just a few clicks away using our Siri Remote Control and Apple TV.

Features include:

  • Livestreaming of sessions
  • Access to on-demand videos from this and previous years
  • Auto sync, which means you can start watching a session on your iPad and then watch the rest of it from exactly where you left off using any iOS device. 

    The Apple Events App

    Apple also publishes its Apple Events app. The app doesn't provide the full WWDC experience provided by the developer-focused WWDC app mentioned above, but it does provide you with streaming access to every single one of the company's keynote speeches, at the show and elsewhere. 

    At WWDC, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, will be joined on stage by key Apple staff and third party partners to announce new products, software, strategies and more. This year we will see new versions of OS X, iOS, tvOS and watchOS discussed at the show, with powerful new abilities announced for Siri, likely including third party apps support. You can also use this app to take a look at earlier Apple keynote events, including last year's iPhone 6S announcement.

    Twitter on Apple TV

    Many of us now recognize that Twitter is a fantastic way in which to keep up with news events and to gauge reaction to such events. That's great, but there is no dedicated Twitter app on Apple TV, is there?

    Actually, there is - the Avian app lets you explore Twitter in an interesting way on your TV. I wrote about it in more depth here. It has two great features that should help you get gather insight into events at WWDC.

    • You can set the app to monitor Tweets only from a certain location, such as San Francisco.
    • You can ask Avian to monitor for mentions of specific hashtags, such as #wwdc2016.

    I imagine that asking the app to monitor Tweets mentioning WWDC 2016 around San Francisco will give you an excellent insight into what developers are most excited about and most actively discussing during the week of WWDC.

    While I've not been able to test this out yet (neither Apple TV 4 nor Avian were available at WWDC 2015), I imagine this kind of location-based monitoring should help you build a sense of what sort of products and solutions you may see from Apple in the coming year. And all this on your Apple TV 4.