Apple Watch, prices and release date

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Apple Watch, prices and release date

Earlier this week, Apple held their annual spring event where they announced the release date and prices of the Apple Watch. They also unveiled the new MacBook and their Apple TV partnership.

Here’s what you need to know:

The Apple Watch

Unveiled last year alongside the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has now released a few more details regarding their Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch will go on sale on the 24th April and you can pre-order it on the 10th April. The watch will come in two sizes 38mm and 42mm.

Apple Watch: The 38mm device will start from $549 going up to $1049; while the 42mm will start from $599 going up to $1099. The case comes in a highly polished stainless steel and space black stainless steel. There’s also a choice of three different leather straps, a link bracelet, a Milanese loop and a strap made from fluoroelastomer (a sports band).

Apple Watch Sports Edition: The 38mm device will be $349 and the 42mm will be $399. The device itself will come in silver and space grey, with an option of 5 different coloured straps (white, blue, green, pink and black).

Apple Watch Edition: Again it comes in a 38mm and 42mm gold case, with prices starting a $10,000 and going up and up and up.

The Apple Watch will allow you to customise the home screen, answer phone calls, receive notifications, monitor your movement and workouts, allows you toask Siri questions, carry out searches, set reminders and has many apps already available (including Shazam and Uber). There are even apps that allow you to open your garage door and start your car’s engine. All from the Apple Watch.

Apple also confirmed that the battery life of the Apple Watch will last ‘all day’, which is actually only 18 hours so that will mean you will be charging up two devices daily.

Here’s a video of Kevin Lynch Apple’s Vice President of Technology doing a demo of all the Apple Watch features -

New MacBook

There is a new, even thinner and lighter MacBook, weighing in at just 2lbs (0.9kg) and with a thickness of just 13.1mm which is amazingly 24% thinner than the MacBook Air.

The MacBook comes in a silver, space grey and gold. It has a 12” Retina Display with 2304 x 1440 pixels and just one USB-C port (which is an all in one port for the charger, USB, DisplayPort, HDMI and VGA).

It starts at $1,299 for a 1.1GHz duel-core with 8GB of memory. This new MacBook isn’t replacing the MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. Apple has stated that they still exist and will also get updates. 

Luke Stanley