Apple has sold more than 700 million iPhones to date, according to CEO Tim Cook. During the company's "Spring Forward" media event, Mr. Cook offered several factoids that would be monumental achievements for any other company, including the fact that it now has 453 retail stores that saw 120 million visitors during the December quarter alone.
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 CEO Tim Cook announced Monday that Apple Pay is now available at more than 700,000 retail locations in the U.S. That includes some 40,000 Coke vending machines that Coke Cola is rolling out. Apple also said Apple Pay now has support from more than 2,500 banks.
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.
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.
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