It’s time for Apple Watch, final
The Cupertino-based tech titan has sent out invites for an ‘invitation-only’ event on Monday, March 9, and evidence is fast building up that it is all about Apple Watch this time.
“Please join us for an invitation-only event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco on Monday, March 9, at 10am,” reads the invite.
With Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, confirming earlier that the Apple Watch will hit stores in April, this meets Apple’s traditional timeline of publicising the features of a device in detail about a month prior to it hitting store shelves.
While Apple did reveal a few, sketchy details on its smartwatch while unveiling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in September last year, marking its first major entry in a new product category since the iPad’s debut in 2010.
While starting price of the entry-level ‘Sport’ model was announced at the time ($349; Dh1,299), other critical aspects like what apps will it come preloaded with, pricing details of other models and shipping details were conspicuous by their absence. Expect to learn that and more at the March 9 event.
How to watch it ‘live’
While only a lucky few will be in the Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts Theatre in San Francisco, the 755-seat theatre that Apple has chosen for the unveiling (it is the same venue it used to launch new products, including the iPad and the iPod), the good news is that anyone (with access to Internet) will be able to watch a live streaming of the event.
Click here to watch live as CEO Tim Cook takes the stage on 09/03/15 at 10pm UAE time, unveiling what many believe will not just be concrete details on the Apple Watch, the Cupertino-based giant’s foray into the wearables segment, but also the much rumoured new version of the MacBook Air, maybe the Pro edition of the iPad and, and this is a long shot, perhaps a hint about the Apple Car.
Who can watch?
Millions of Apple fans can catch the keynote ‘live’ as Apple will be streaming it live on Safari (iOS version 6.0 or later), OSX (v10.6.8 or a later) and Safari 5.1.10 or a later version. You could also stream it on on Apple TV (second- or third-generation set-top box, and should be running software version 6.2 or later).
Note for first-time viewers: Apple streams the video geared for only its own proprietary browsers, so it will not show up on your Chrome, Windows Internet Explorer, Firefox or other browsers.
What to expect?
The unexpected. That’s the least to be expected from Apple. The world’s largest company tends to pleasantly surprise you with killer features and stats when you’re the least expecting it (like right now), and has blatantly disappointed us in the past when we expected the world from it (remember iPhone 5?).
Of course the event will (most likely) detail the Apple Watch, but Cook may also lift the proverbial wrap off the much rumoured iPad Pro, or the 12-inch iPad Air. As we’ve reported earlier, leaks have been getting hotter about Apple Inc. is now gearing up to launch a giant-sized iPad.
Rumours about the launch of the giant iPad gained significant traction after Apple announced the best-ever quarterly results by any company, thanks to the roaring success of its big-screen iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (4.7-inch 5.5-inch, respectively).
It will be no surprise, then, if Apple takes the same learning to iPad as well and the next iPad would be significantly larger than the current iPad Air 2. Mind you, this will be in sharp contrast to what Apple’s founder Steve Jobs believed in – that is unwieldy and impractical to hold a device with anything more than a 4.5-inch display.
In addition, rumours about a new version of Apple’s MacBook Air notebook have long been, well, in the air, and this will be a good opportunity for Apple to launch the new, higher-resolution ‘retina’-screened MacBook which is also expected to be the first Apple laptop to come with a smaller USB connector.
Apple TV too could make an appearance, since it is due for an update and – more importantly – could have an umbilical link to the new Apple Watch. The new Apple wearable could be the remote to power the several new, expected features in Apple TV, including ‘smart home’ technologies that can light and safeguard your home.
Will Apple Car be detailed? Let’s leave the jokes for another piece.