Apple is once again grabbing the attention of its fans by announcing a special media event on March 9. The invites are out and the company is expected to make some interesting announcements. The timing of the event coincides with the launch of much-talked-about Apple Watch, details of which are still obscure. The event is themed "Spring Forward," which has led many to believe the highlight of the occasion to be the anticipated watch.
Apple did not reveal the exact details of the products to be launched at the event, but it is quite clear the wearable smartwatch is on the roster. The Apple Watch is expected to start shipping in the US in April and it seems fitting for the Cupertino tech giant to clear the air about the Watch features and pricing.
It's quite clear that the aluminium clad Apple Watch Sport will start at $349 but there are going to be higher-end variants of the watch, prices of which are yet to be announced. There's a steel Apple Watch with sapphire crystal display and 18 karat gold Apple Watch Edition in the portfolio. Apple is likely to give away the pricing structure of its entire watch lineup next month. In addition, details about the watch's battery life will be uncovered at the event.
Where to watch the Apple event live?
In good old Apple fashion, the special media event will be live streamed through its dedicated live events site. Users must run the latest version of Safari on OS X and on iPhone to watch the event. Owners of Apple TV can also stream the event on the television, provided the box is a third or second generation device running Apple TV OS 6.2 or higher, TechCrunch reports.
Apple is holding the event at Yerba Buena in San Francisco and starts at 10am PT.
Things we know about the Apple Watch
Apple launched its first wearable smartwatch alongside iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in September last year. The official images of the watch are circulated around the web, giving a good look at the wearable. The Apple Watch features a "Digital Crown" that allows scrolling, zooming and navigating through different options of the watch.
Like any smartwatch in the market, Apple Watch requires an iPhone to send and receive messages and calls via Bluetooth. The Watch will also support Apple's mobile payment solution and Passbook for airline travel.
What we expect and won't see in the Watch
There are a lot of expectations tied to Apple Watch, as it is likely to change the way people look at wearables. There have been rumors about the watch's one-day battery life but we are yet to get an official confirmation on the same. Earlier, it was expected that the Apple Watch would pack several health and fitness sensors to monitor heart rate, BP and stress levels. But the disappointing results have led Apple to make the Watch without health sensing capabilities.
But there's a new report suggesting the Apple Watch to be more waterproof than anticipated. Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted at the extreme water resistance while speaking to some of his employees about the wearable. Cook reportedly wears the watch all the time, even in the shower, the report revealed. The latest report contradicts the earlier precautions about the Apple Watch, which was said to withstand casual exposure to water like rain and sweat but not while swimming or in the shower.
We'll know exact details in few days time at Apple's special event.