After the announcements for the MacBook, Tim Cook turned his attention to the Apple Watch. Cook called the device the "most advanced timepiece ever created," and he noted that the Apple Watch can accurately tell time within 50ms. Cook also reminded attendees that the watch will have customizable watchfaces, and used a watchface depicting Mickey Mouse to illustrate his point.
Apple's now apparently confident enough about the Health capabilities of iOS 8 to pay it more than cursory attention, and as such, Jeff Williams, Apple's senior vice president of operations, took the stage to talk about it. Williams took the occasion to announce ResearchKit, which will allow Apple to actively help with medical research.
Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage in San Francisco to talk about the company's latest retail store in China, a price reduction for Apple TV, and the new HBO Now streaming plan before moving on to updates on how the iPhone is selling.
Apple kicked off its "Spring Forward" event with footage from the opening of its new store in West Lake (Hangzhou), China. Cook also took the occasion to announce that Apple now has 21 stores in China, and that 40 will open in the country next year. And traffic is good--last quarter, 120 million customers visited Apple Stores without the world.
Everybody's excited for Apple's big media event on Monday — which will presumably focus heavily on Apple Watch — but the rumor mill has already been overflowing with news and speculation about Apple's long-awaited wearable tech. In addition, a new Steve Jobs biography is in the works, there's interesting news about Apple TV, great-looking games abound on Mac and iOS, Photos goes public, Mac|Life celebrates its 100th issue, and more!
It's our last Apple Daily before Monday's big "Spring Forward" event that's expected to place a heavy emphasis on the Apple Watch, and new, credible rumors about the device are dropping left and right. In other news, Apple is at last joining the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
That old saw about waiting until the next generation to buy a new Apple product might also apply to the Apple Watch, as new reports suggest that future versions could have a special port for "smart straps" and similar peripherals. In other news, we likely won't get to listen to Apple's rebranded streaming music service until WWDC, and Microsoft has released a free preview version of Office 2016 for Mac users.
That's right — Mac|Life magazine has hit its 100th issue! This milestone edition is now available physically at better retailers everywhere, as well as digitally on Apple Newsstand and through other distributors such as Kindle. Not only does the magazine look at how the Apple landscape has changed over the last 100 issues, but it also features a thorough guide to Mac, the introduction of two new columnists, and more!
When the next season of HBO's Game of Thrones comes out next month, you may be able to watch with without a cable subscription on your Apple TV! In other news, the Apple Watch has already won a major award and it isn't even out yet.