A partnership with HBO Now, the newest MacBook Air, and the Apple Watch
By Jerrison Oracion, Senior Columnist
In Apple’s announcement last fall, they showed the highly anticipated Apple Watch, to high praise. However, they did not say when it would be released or how much it would cost. On March 9, in the same theatre in San Francisco, Apple announced the release date and estimated price of their new product.
The announcement began with the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, giving an update on Apple stores and how successful they are in China. Next, the CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler, announced a new streaming service called HBO Now, which will be available next month for Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, with a one-month free trial just in time for the highly anticipated new season of Game of Thrones. Jeff Williams talked about how important the iPhone is in medical research and how a new software development program called ResearchKit produces high-quality studies.
The announcement got more exciting when Cook announced the next version of the Macbook which reinvents the laptop. According to Phillip Schiller, the new version of the Macbook is the thinnest and lightest Macbook ever—even thinner than the Macbook Air. Some of the new features include a more precise keyboard that has a new trackpad that uses force to click something, a specially designed battery that has all-day battery life, and a new port called USB-C, which is a port that combines all of the ports that are in a laptop in one port. USB-C cables can be inserted in any way.
There are three versions of Apple Watch. Apple Watch Sport is made with aluminum, has a 38mm dial and will cost $349. The standard Apple Watch is made with steel and will be available in 38mm or 42mm dial sizes. The price on the standard Apple Watch will vary depending on the size and combination of band and casing you choose. The limited edition Apple Watch is made with 18K gold and is estimated to cost $10,000. Apple Watch will be available on April 24.