Apple Watch Available on April 24, In-store Preview April 10

2:34 PM, Mar. 9th, 2015 · · News

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 to Release iOS 8.2 Today with Apple Watch Support

2:24 PM, Mar. 9th, 2015 · · News

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 Unveils Uber-thin MacBook, Ditches Every Connector Port

1:57 PM, Mar. 9th, 2015 · · News

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 Expands HealthKit with ResearchKit for iOS

1:29 PM, Mar. 9th, 2015 · · News

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 · · News

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 · · News

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 · · News

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 · · News

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!

Apple Shuttle Bus Drivers get a Pay Raise

10:32 AM, Mar. 9th, 2015 · · News

Contract workers who drive shuttle busses for workers communting to Apple's Silicon Valley offices are getting a 25 percent pay raise. Apple is kicking in the money to give the drivers the hourly pay rate increase, and said split shift workers will earn an even higher pay rate.

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Apple seems to be actively working to improve job conditions for its local contract workers. Good on Apple, and hopefully we'll see more Silicon Valley companies doing their part to make improvements, too.

Apple adds “Spring forward” Event Channel to Apple TV

9:44 AM, Mar. 9th, 2015 · · News

Even if you aren't going to be at the Yerba Buena Center this morning for Apple's "Spring forward" event you can still watch live thanks to the new special event channel the company added to Apple TV Monday morning. The new channel automatically shows up on compatible Apple TV models, so you don't have to do anything more than select it and start watching.