Apple to Release iOS 8.2 Today with Apple Watch Support

2:24 PM, Mar. 9th, 2015 · · iObserver

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 Expands HealthKit with ResearchKit for iOS

1:29 PM, Mar. 9th, 2015 · · iObserver

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.

Apple Drops Apple TV Price to $69

1:17 PM, Mar. 9th, 2015 · · iObserver

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.

Apple Announces Exclusive HBO Channel for Apple TV

1:08 PM, Mar. 9th, 2015 · · iObserver

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.

Apple Watch May be Available in Nordstrom Stores

12:33 PM, Mar. 9th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple Watch may be available in Nordstrom as well as Apple's own retail stores. Insider sources said the two are in talks, although so far there haven't been any clear indications that the new smartwatch will be sold anywhere but Apple's own stores.

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Apple no doubt wants to ensure Apple Watch is shown in the best way possible, which means it likely won't be available through every partner retailer. That said, companies like Nordstrom would be an easier fit since they already focus on the customer experience in ways that big box retailers can't.

Watching the Apple Watch Watchers

11:57 AM, Mar. 9th, 2015 · · iObserver

Watching the Apple Watch Watchers

We're just hours from Apple's Spring Forward Event, where the company is expected to provide more details about the Apple Watch. So what better time to throw out some more speculation about the newest "soon-to-be-must-have" device? TMO Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous takes the under on price speculation and wonders about upgrade paths. How wrong is he? You'll find out soon!

One Fundamental Insight Predicts the Success of Apple Watch

4:30 PM, Mar. 6th, 2015 · · iObserver

One can flop about, being a surly curmudgeon and pronounce, with arrogance, the ultimate failure of the Apple Watch. But there is one key, fundamental observation that demolishes every Apple Watch naysayer. This week, John Martellaro found it and shares it with us.

Analyst: Apple Watch a $26B Business by 2018

11:37 AM, Mar. 5th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple Watch could be a US$26 billion business for Apple in only three years, according to Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner. She thinks Apple will outsell all other smartwatch makers after Apple Watch ships in the coming weeks, although she sees only a limited impact on Apple's overall business from smartwatch sales.

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It's interesting to see analysts saying Apple's entry into the smartwatch market will be a huge success, but that the company won't be as successful overall because it refuses to join the race to the bottom in the smartphone market.

Reports Claim 12-inch iPad to Copy Microsoft Surface Tablet, Shipping in September

10:28 AM, Mar. 5th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple's rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro may be more like Microsoft's Surface tablet, assuming the latest round of rumors are correct. Insider sources claim Apple is looking at including USB 3.0 ports on the bigger screen model so users could attach keyboards and mice, along with external hard drives. Sources also claim Apple won't release the new model until September instead of this spring as some had hoped.

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Apple most likely has experimented with additional ports on prototype iPads, but expecting to see USB ports on shipping models just doesn't seem likely. Seeing a spring launch for a bigger model didn't seem like much of a possibility, either, so saying it's delayed is wrong. iPad Pro simply wasn't on the spring schedule.