Today’s Apple Event was one of the most anticipated of the year, with plenty of speculation to go around. Now, we see that it was worth the wait with a few massive announcements that include the Apple Watch’s release date, a new MacBook, and the launch of Apple TV with exclusive HBO Now rights.
Apple Watch Coming To Store In April
Which brings us to the biggest news, and the most interesting since Apple released in iPad back in 2010: the Apple Watch. After months of speculation and rumors, it has been revealed that the Watch will hit shelves on April 24. It will be their first steps into the wearables game, a risky market that they have been carefully preparing for long past the release of competitive devices.
The first thing you should know about the Apple Watch is that they are insanely expensive. The Sport model is the entry device, and costs $349. The next basic Watch is the stainless steel fashion model, starting at $549. If you want to really go crazy, they will have an 18k version of the Watch for an astonishing $10,000 – $12,000, making it the most costly smartwatch available.
Other details about the Watch include the inclusion of a number of compatible apps, 18 hours of battery life without charging, and the development of a medical research app that will allow you to opt into anonymous data collection from your health and fitness program to assist in medical research.
Apple TV Take Another Swing
The Apple TV announcement was first, a little teaser for those who were waiting for the big reveal. With much the same service as before, it is being lowered in cost to $69 – $99. But it was HBO Now that was news there, as the streaming cable service will be available exclusively with Apple TV, a huge score for the company and the first real incentive to choose Apple over the much more affordable Chromecast.
A New MacBook
Next came the MacBook. Like previous models, it lacks a lot of the computing power of usual netbooks. It runs a 1.1 GHzIntel Core M processor, much less impressive than competing brands. Plus, like all Apple products, you are paying for space and the 8GB costs almost $1300.
But on the plus side, Apple has finally gotten on board with high def displays, building the new MacBook with a 2,304 x 1,440, 12′ inch screen. There will also be no fan to cause extra noise, enhancing the media experience at least somewhat.
A weird choice they made was to ditch side ports for a single cable port on the side that further limits the capabilities of an already limited series.