Apple Event Roundup
Lots to unpack from today’s Apple event in San Francisco. The highlights:
- Apple Watch preorders start April 10th for a April 24th launch, and Australia is included.
- The 12″ fanless MacBook is real, and it’s spectacular.
- HBO Now launches in April and is exclusive to AppleTV.
Tim Cook and Kevin Lynch showed off the Watch, and while there weren’t any new features announced, they covered the most important things: pricing and availability. In Australia the Sport will start at $499 and the stainless steel Watch at $799. (The Edition starts at $14k, if you’re in the market.) There will be a set of available watch and strap combinations and you’ll be able to buy straps separately. No word yet on whether all straps work with all watches. iOS 8.2 (in Software Update now) includes the new Watch companion app, which contains a Watch App Store.
The long-rumoured 12-inch MacBook debuted on stage with Phil Schiller handling the presentation duties. Weighing in at under 1kg, it features a retina display at 2304 x 1440 px, a redesigned logic board that’s 67% smaller (thanks in part to eliminating fans from the design), Force Touch, and a single port – USB type C. It’s 24% thinner than the current model 11′ MacBook Air. This model marks the reintroduction of the Air- and Pro-less MacBook model, and it comes in iPhone colours: silver, space gray and gold. AU pricing starts at $2,199. (There were also spec bumps to both MacBook Airs and to the 13″ MacBook Pro.)
AppleTV will be the exclusive streaming box partner for HBO Now at launch, and it’ll be available on iOS and in web browsers as well. $14.99/month gets you access to everything HBO has. No word if there will be any geo-blocking yet. But probably.
More on all of this as the roundups come in.