Catch the Complete “Spring Forward” Keynote by Apple

Apple held a keynote for the leading media in the world yesterday at San Francisco. The event was called “Spring Forward” after the invite that was sent out by the Cupertino-based company. The event was said to completely focus upon the Apple Watch, but in truth, it was the other announcements that caught everyone’s fancy more.

MacBook

Apple announced that the Apple TV was seeing a major price cut and will retail for $69, which perhaps is indicative of the fact that they are not selling in the quantum values that Apple would like. Apple also announced the MacBook, a new laptop which is in between the MacBook Air and Pro. The machine will come with an edge to edge keyboard with a new butterfly mechanism with LED for every key. There is a 12 inch display with a 1440 pixels across and 9 hours of battery. It is the thinnest and the lightest Mac at 2 pounds that has been made. It features the USB C type port for all connectivities and will be available in three colors: Silver, Gold and Space Gray and will retail starting at $1299 from April 10th.

Tim Cook also finally announced the Apple Watch’s retail availability, it would go on pre-order on April 10th with shipping starting on April 24th. The Apple Watch sports edition will start at $349 and will give you about 18 hours of battery life. The watch will be available in 32 different variants and will have all the features that we have seen during the launch. You will need iOS 8.2 to run Apple watch, which was also announced yesterday. You can check out the entire keynote in the video right below:

Apple Reportedly will have an App Store and Support Third Party Apps on the iWatch

It is impossible to even imagine that when the iPhone was launched, there were no apps and no App Store. In fact, all that the first gen iPhone had were a bunch of out of the box apps developed by Apple and a browser. It was only later that Apple opened up to the third party apps and a dedicated App Store, which has become one of the charms of owning an Apple made iPhone or iPod Touch or iPad.

iWatch+apps

Looks like, this time when Apple adds a new product vertical, it would not be wasting any time in bringing a dedicated App Store as well as open the SDKs for third party devs to bring their own apps for the iWatch. The iWatch is expected to be announced in a day on September 9th and there has been a lot of interest around what Apple would do with its smartwatch. One of the features of the watch according to 9to5Mac report is the support for third party apps and a store to select apps from. If true, it would be interesting to see whether the number of apps available for iWatch would already be more than the competing Android Wear devices.

The report seems to have substance as it bases the assumption of the presence of an App Store, because Apple had recently seeded the SDKs for wearables of some of the common apps such as Facebook to their developers. If this is true, you can expect a lengthy demonstration of apps on iWatch at the keynote tomorrow. The SDK seeded has deep integration with other iOS 8 features such as Healthkit, Handoff etc according to the same report.

Make sure you do not miss the Live unveiling of the next gen iPhone and iWatch by checking out the live stream.

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Apple will Livestream its September 9th Event

If you are a tech enthusiast then chances are that you have already marked September 9th in your calendar as the next Apple day. It is this day that Tim Cook is expected to take the stage in Paolo Alto and unveil the next generation iPhone as well as the very first iWatch to the world.

Both these d evices are expected to lead a revolution. The iPhone 6, cause it would be the very first time that Apple would be moving away from their theory of requiring the phones to be pocketable to larger sized phones which everyone seems to be drooling for, while the iWatch is expected to finally usher us into the era of wearables after plenty of failed attempts from the likes of Samsung, with jury very much out on Android Wear still.


Very selected and cream of the media, as expected is invited to the event and mere mortals like me and you will be sitting in the comfort of our home and following the proceedings. For those like us, Apple has announced that they would be livestreaming the entire event. You will be able to see the event via your iPhone or iPad or Safari on Mac. To do that, simply follow this link. Currently the link shows a countdown to the event and will continue to do so till the event gets underway. Make sure you bookmark this post for September 9th so that you do not miss out on the action.

iWatch to have a Curved Display and will Communicate to the iPhone 6 via NFC

There have been very few products which have been anticipated as much as the iWatch from Apple. The device is expected to take the lead and usher us into an era where wearables are acceptable without them looking like computers strapped on the wrist. We all expect the iWatch to do what basically, the iPhone did to the smartphone market all those years ago. And the remarkable thing is, even in this day and age, where there are no secrets, nobody has a clue other than those Apple employees working on it, of how the Apple iWatch will look like.

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The New York Times though while anticipating the release of the iWatch have revealed that they expect the device to have a curved display, a bit like the recent Gear S that we saw from Samsung and also to come with NFC on board which would help pair the device to the next gen iPhone, called the iPhone 6 for communication. It would be via NFC that you would receive your notifications as well as other alerts on your wrist, if the report is to go by. The report also states that the iWatch will come with some sort of wireless charging to help you reduce the burden of carrying around multiple chargers.

It is expected that the iWatch would come in two different sizes and configuration, most likely one for males and the other for the females. The fact that these details were revealed by the nYT days before the launch definitely make us believe there is an element of truth in it. Guess we will eventually found out all on 9th September.

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Apple To Release two iPhones in 2014?

In this time when the internet is the all mighty and powerful force, it is next to impossible to keep what a major OEM might be working on under the wraps for too long. Just look at the recently announced HTC One where practically every single detail of the device was out in the open even before HTC had said a word about the device. Although Apple has been able to keep most of their launches under secrecy till the point Steve Jobs was in charge, things have not been the same since. Apart from the Mac Pro, there has not been any product even from mighty Apple that has not been seen before the official announcement.

Apple roadmap 2014

Now, the popular Apple blog Macrumors has caught hold of what looks like the roadmap of product launches of Apple in 2014. According to the document shown above, Apple would be announcing brand new Mac Mini in Q2 which may well coincide with WWDC. In Q3 Apple would announce new ultra thin Macbooks, thought to be 12 inch Macbook Airs as well as upgraded retina Mac Pros. It would be in Q3 only when Apple would release 2 versions of iWatch too if this doc is to be believed as well as an upgraded Apple TV. On iWatch ,the blog cites KGI securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo, “Kuo believes the iWatch will ship during the end of the third quarter, offering biometric functionality, integration with the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and a “fashionable appearance.” As has been previously suggested, he predicts the device will come in two sizes, with a 1.3-inch and 1.5-inch flexible AMOLED display. It will also include a sapphire cover lens, biometric recognition, an NFC chip, wireless charging, a 200 to 250 mAh battery, and a slim and light design. Kuo also believes that Apple will offer the iWatch at multiple price points, with the most expensive version costing upwards of $1,000.”

However, the surprise revelation of the doc is that there would be two iPhones.

This is what the blog wrote on the two iPhones, “Supporting previous iPhone 6 rumors, Kuo believes the device will come in two sizes: 4.7 and 5.5-inches, with resolutions of 1334×750 (326ppi) and 1920 x 1080 (401 ppi), respectively. Both models will come with an A8 processor, 1GB of RAM, LTPS display panels, optical image stabilization, and Touch ID. Kuo points to a 10 to 20 percent narrower bezel, a 6.5–7.0mm thickness, metal casings, and NFC integration. Mass shipments of the 4.7-inch version are expected in September, with the 5.5-inch version shipping later. Kuo suggests that only the 64GB 5.5-inch version will use sapphire displays. ”

The first one would be a 4.7 inch device that would be out sometime in Q3 while the larger 5.5 inch phablet iPhone would be out in Q4 of 2014. There have been rumors about Apple considering going towards larger iPhones given the popularity of large phones with Android, but we certainly did not think that Apple would jump on the phablet wagon. New iPads are expected too in Q3, however, the iPad Air upgrade will only see newer A8 chips and a Touch ID with the same design as the current iPad Air.