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Apple's "Spring forward" media event was loaded with announcements including more details about Apple Watch and the brand new super-thin MacBook. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer up their first impressions on Apple's announcements, share which Apple Watch model their most interested in, and let John gloat over the fact that he predicted Apple would release a gold colored laptop.
Apple didn't release a new Apple TV model during its "Spring forward" media event, but it did push out a new software update for the set top entertainment box. The update for Apple TV 3 doesn't include any noticeably flashy changes—like the promised HBO Now channel—so it's more likely a compatibility update for iOS 8.2 and the upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 update.
Along with iOS 8.2, Apple released Xcode 6.2 for developers on Monday. The update for the app development environment includes iOS 8.2 support, and WatchKit support for developing Apple Watch apps.
As promised, iOS 8.2 for the iPhone and iPad was released Monday following Apple's "spring forward" media event where Apple Watch and the new ultra-thin MacBook were shown off. iOS 8.2 includes support for the soon to ship Apple Watch, and sports a new Apple Watch app.
Apple showed off the Apple Watch smartwatch at its special media event on Monday and answered many questions that have been hanging in the air ever since it was first shown off last September. To cut to the chase: You can see and pre-order them on April 10, they ship on April 24, and the gold model pricing really does start at US$10,000.
Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on Monday that iOS 8.2 will be available today with support for the coming release of Apple Watch. The update includes a new Apple Watch app that lets you browse and download Apple Watch apps, plus watch videos, and set up Friends notifications.
Apple introduced its new ultra-thin laptop on Monday during its "Spring forward" media event with a shopping list of new features, but only a single port for power and peripheral connections. The new laptop, dubbed MacBook, is thinner than the MacBook Air, sports a 12-inch Retina display, and weighs only two pounds.
Apple is expanding HealthKit for iOS 8 with a new platform called ResearchKit as a way to collect medical data when patients are outside of their doctor's office. Apple's Jeff Williams said the platform will make it possible for health care professionals to get up to date and accurate patient data in near real time instead of waiting weeks or months between doctor visits.
Following Apple's announcement that HBO Now is coming exclusively to Apple TV, company CEO Tim Cook said the price of the set top box is dropping from US$99 to $69. The price cut was made, according to Mr. Cook, to make Apple TV more accessable to an even larger audience.
HBO Now is coming to Apple TV, and the big-name broadcaster said its content will be available in April exclusively on Apple's streaming media set top device. HBO Now will be available as a stand-alone subscription, and won't require a cable TV package subscription, as does HBO Go.