Close to 2 Million People Watched Apple's iPhone Event Live Stream on YouTube

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple always live streams its iPhone events on its own Events website and the Events app on the Apple TV, but this year, for the first time, Apple also did a YouTube live stream.

    Within just 10 minutes of when the event kicked off, Apple had over 500,000 viewers, and at the live stream's peak, when new iPhones were being shown off, Apple reached 1.875 million viewers.

    After this screenshot was taken, views climbed even higher​

    We've never before known how many people watch Apple's live streams because the company doesn't share that information, but the YouTube metric gives us some idea of how popular it was. For comparison, it earned more views than YouTube live streams from other companies like Samsung and Google.

    The biggest YouTube live stream saw 8 million people tuning in when Felix Baumgartner jumped from a space capsule at 120,000 feet and parachuted back to the earth's surface, while SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch in September 2018 garnered 2.3 million views.

    The 1.875 million viewer metric does not include those who watched the live stream on the Apple TV through the Events app or through the Events website, which means actual live viewership was likely a good deal higher.

    Apple's live stream is no longer available on YouTube at the current time, but the full event video has been uploaded.

    Article Link: Close to 2 Million People Watched Apple's iPhone Event Live Stream on YouTube
  2. GubbyMan macrumors 6502


    Apr 3, 2011
    The quality of the live stream on Apple's website was so much better than YouTube's 1080p stream. YouTube had horrible compression artifacts whenever there was a dark background.
  3. MacUser09425 Suspended


    Aug 2, 2019
    Out West
    Ya shoulda seen the YouTube stream on my new 55” 2160P TV.....

    Wish they’d replay it - only got home for the last 20 min.
  4. Cold_Beaver Suspended


    Jun 25, 2019
  5. farewelwilliams macrumors 68020

    Jun 18, 2014
    Apple's website was about 12 seconds delayed for me. Youtube was pretty much in sync with tweets coming from people covering the event in person.
  6. Aldaris macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2004
    Salt Lake
    I’m beginning to just use the MacRumors live updating post. Go ahead and check it every 5-10 minutes... certainly not worth the 90 minutes... seriously.

    In all seriousness I think the keynote formula is played enough. Apple needs to innovate in that arena or just go ahead with press releases and videos online. Seriously the “we even made a video” you just spent 10 minutes talking about it, now we need a 5 minute video recap?! Seriously?!

    I don’t know about the rest of you but doing these the way Apple has for the last decade is exhausting... so many other tech companies have copied it/attempted to and it’s just blah at this point.
  7. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    One of the big reasons is that older versions of iOS & hardware were blocked from streaming on Apple's website.

    I wonder how many people had enough patience to watch it to the bitter end. About half way through the iPhone presentation with Phil, I had to turn it off. Too freaking tedious.
  8. DMVillain macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2011
    Heard about it. Still watched the live feed here instead. It’s tradition now.
  9. Textime macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2016
  10. GubbyMan macrumors 6502


    Apr 3, 2011
    Yes, the good thing about YouTube is that you can put the playback speed on 2x and it will play the stream faster until it reaches the end so you can have minimal delay. On Apple's stream, you just have to repeatedly refresh until it decides to start playing the video with a small delay.
  11. JM macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2014
    It was pretty interesting for me, though I had it in background while I worked and just switched over to watch when they had a product marketing video.

    Ignored everything about the camera stuff, though they did a good job making a sales case for the Pro phones.
  12. ThunderSkunk macrumors 68030


    Dec 31, 2007
    Milwaukee Area
    I dozed off three times watching this one and had to rewind. The last time, I didn’t even bother. This entire keynote could have been about a 15 minute affair without all the padding.

    If Apple were me showing up to fourth grade, they’d be told they’re a little light on lunch money and would spend all recess hiding from the resulting punch in the stomach.
  13. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    South Dakota, USA
    I couldn't watch it live because I was busy at work trying to make money to buy this stuff.
  14. Cold_Beaver Suspended


    Jun 25, 2019

    Ha ha nice
  15. harriska2 macrumors 65816


    Mar 16, 2011
    I admit to nodding off for the last 1/2 hour. Do I still count?
  16. rjohnstone macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2007
    PHX, AZ.
    The stream from Apple was horrible. Audio kept going out of sync or dropped out all together.
    Didn’t see anything worth upgrading my Xs for.
    Why they kept the Series 3 watches around, yet dropped the Series 4 is beyond me.
  17. Jimmy Bubbles macrumors 6502a

    Jimmy Bubbles

    Jul 10, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    And I bet YouTube didn’t demonetize their stream for the first 24 hours either. Or did they?
  18. ikramerica macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2009

    Close to 2 Million People Disappointed by Apple iPhone event.
  19. Dominicanyor macrumors 65816


    Apr 1, 2012
    B Bj it sure
    Not sure about YouTube stream. But you’re correct about apple’s website been much better.
  20. B4U macrumors 68020


    Oct 11, 2012
    Undisclosed location
    The lag was unreal.
    But again, I was at work.
    MacRumor's live stream update was better.
  21. GuruZac, Sep 10, 2019
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2019

    GuruZac macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2015
    I admittedly am always excited to see these Apple events, but this was the first one where I wasn't impressed by anything. Everything is very iterative with Apple, and leaked well ahead of time that it's lost the excitement. I think that is the general state of the industry though.

    The two big takeaways for me was impressive specs and phone with the iPhone 11. It will undoubtedly sell well, if not better than the XR. And the Watch Series 5 with always on display.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 10, 2019 ---
    Didn't see anything worth upgrading my XR for. Now that Apple has dropped 3D Touch from the Pros and added Haptic Touch in iOS 13 to the XR, I'm not missing anything. ProCamera has updated their app which has really improved Portrait Mode for non-human subjects, so the second lens is not missed nearly as much. Battery life and speed are already out of the park on the XR, and their were no really updates to the screen.

    And we both know why they dropped the Series 4 and kept the Series 3: the Series 5 is a very minor update to the Series 5 that most people would not buy the Series 5. So they offer the older designed Series 3. The only thing that really has me wanting to upgrade is my Watch Series 2 to the Series 5.
  22. LizKat macrumors 603


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    I stick with a tradition too... slightly different: ignoring it all until Apple puts up the keynote, then I download it and savor it in bites as I get time during the next couple of days. I always have fun doing that, and even enjoy later on going back to what other people have commented on about it in assorted MacRumors threads.

    To each his own. And I figure Apple does know we all do "think different" by now. :D
  23. ckhris1613 macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2009
    Close to 12 million people once again disappointed.
  24. Mr. Awesome macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2016
    They kept the Series 3 in stead of the Series 4 because the Series 4 and Series 5 are so similar.
  25. LizKat macrumors 603


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    And we know this how? :)

    Plus imo more than 12M people were disappointed today by something or other, possibly stuff so mundane as the fact that the sun hid behind clouds today or set one minute 32 seconds sooner today than yesterday... and regarding those facts, c'est moi, but I'll get over them, same as if I end up "disappointed" by news of all of Apple's offerings, which is probably not going to be the case even if I'm only a window shopper this year.

    So should we tap out another death knell for poor ol' Apple right now, or wait awhile and see how things go as another exciting round of unboxings rolls in for fans of Apple gear (and another profitable period for AAPL despite certain tariff-related situations we won't discuss here so as not to politicize the thread). :p

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