Apple’s 12-inch MacBook has been unboxed in Vietnam ahead of its official release, with the ultraportable given the full unboxing treatment. The charging cord resembles a slightly larger version of the Lightning connector, for the most part, also appearing a little stiffer and thicker. We’re expecting to be able to pre-order the new MacBook on April 10, right around the same time Apple Watch pre-orders go live.
Apple has called for developers to submit their apps for the Apple Watch. The general call comes weeks after Apple opened up WatchKit app submissions for specific developers a couple of weeks ago, and as Apple’s developer website says, April 24 will be the date we get the Apple Watch in our hands.
9to5Mac has revealed the entire in-store purchasing process of the Apple Watch, walking us through what it’ll be like to buy an Apple Watch on launch day, only without the crowds, continual clapping, and whatever else accompanies Apple product launches. You’ll be able to try on the Watch, although swapping out bands won’t be possible, and being launch day and all, it’s pretty unlikely walk-in sales will be possible.
In the face of rumours that say Apple will be launching a subscription TV service of its own, Re/Code is saying Comcast isn’t talking to Apple about TV, because Apple hasn’t started the conversation. The news pours cold water on Apple’s subscription TV plans, which were rumoured to include anywhere up to 25 channels for about $30-40 a month from content providers such as CBS, ABC, and Fox.
When it comes to wallets, I am an avowed back pocket, right side guy. I’ve been trying to keep it pretty minimal though, so the BookBook series has always been on my radar – but the idea of holding my wallet up to my face to take a call has kept me back. Not anymore.
Your worst fears regarding the Apple Watch have just been realised: not only will you not be able to mix and match bands, stock will be so severely limited at launch that Apple Retail employees have been told to not expect “walk-in” sales of the Apple Watch. While there’s still a slim chance you’ll be able to pick up an Apple Watch at an Apple Store come April 24, the majority of the stock will go to pre-orders.
In case you’re still not sure which size Apple Watch will suit you, or aren’t sure what combination of band and watch you want to go for, let me clear the air a little. Starting next Friday, April 10, you’ll be able to book try-on appointments at Apple Retail locations, to give you up to 15 minutes to decide which combo is for you.
The fourth beta of iOS 8.3 has been seeded to developers and members of Apple’s iOS public beta testing program. MacRumors speculates iCloud Photo Library may launch when iOS 8.3, as well as an interesting feature that lets you filter messages from numbers and people that are actually in your address book. Other iOS 8.3 features include the ability to download free apps without entering your iTunes Store password, as well as being able to initiate speakerphone calls via Siri.
Happy Netflix Australia day, people! Before you throw out your VPN or DNS hack to get access to Netflix AU from your Apple TV, bear in mind that the catalog between Netflix US and Netflix AU differs, with some estimates putting the deficit of the latter at upwards of a couple thousand titles. Plus, many TV shows and movies just aren’t on the Australian Netflix. Boo!
With all of Apple’s big announcements done and dusted for the next couple of months, our thoughts turn to WWDC and Apple’s next big thing. BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski seems to think we’ll see new Apple TV hardware at the annual developer event, and maybe this year Apple will release a software SDK for the Apple TV. Paczkowski also seems to think the new Apple TV will support Siri, for some kind of home-automation on the side, which means there’s probably be a new remote, too.