The Apple Watch and MacBook announcement
We here at the podcast are Google / Android guys ourselves but we don’t discriminate. If you are an Apple kinda person here is the latest updates from today’s Apple event.
THE APPLE WATCH IS COMING NEXT MONTH
As we learned last year, the Apple Watch comes in three models: the Sport, the Apple Watch, and the Apple Watch Edition. The sport is the cheapest, starting at $349 for the 38 mm and $399 for the 42mm. Cases are made from anodized aluminum. The Apple Watch is stainless steel, starting at $549 for the 38mm and $599 for the 42mm, but going as high as $1,099 depending on the band. Finally, the Apple Watch Edition, the 18-karat gold version, starts at a whopping $10,000. Preorders begin on April 10th, and watches will be available on April 24th.
THERE ARE A BUNCH OF NEW WATCH APPS
Third-party developers have had access to WatchKit tools since November, and today Apple highlighted the ways watch-based apps would make interacting with real world easier — summoning a car using Uber, checking in for flights using Passbook, opening garage doors using . The first Apple Watch presentation highlighted health and fitness tracking, but Apple’s ambitions there have been scaled back somewhat. The version presented today can monitor the wearer’s activity levels and send a report at the end of the week. There were also some media apps, including Shazam and Instagram, though why you would browse Instagram on such a tiny screen is unclear.
HBO IS CUTTING THE CORD AND COMING TO APPLE TV
Apple is helping HBO make a play for cord-cutters with HBO Now, a standalone streaming service announced today. HBO CEO Richard Plepler took the stage to describe the new service, launching in early April, with Apple as an exclusive partner. “All you need,” CEO Tim Cook said, “is a broadband connection and an Apple device.” HBO will also have a channel on Apple TV. It’s $14.99 a month, with early subscribers getting the first month free. Apple TV’s price fell to $69.