It’s almost time. Apple‘s “Spring Forward” media event to be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco is set for 10AM PT/1PM ET, Monday, 9 March where the Apple Watch is expected to be a focal point. Expect Apple to spring a few surprises though — could we see new Intel-Broadwell-powered MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks? Or perhaps the much-rumoured 12.9-inch iPad Pro?
Apple’s last event was in October last year where it unveiled the iPad Air 2 and new Mac computers. In September, it of course took wraps off the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and teased its first ever wearable, the Apple Watch.
As a primer, the Apple Watch will come in two sizes — 38mm and 42mm, both designed to work on your left or right wrist. As you would expect, the Apple Watch is impeccably built, created from custom alloys of stainless steel and aluminum, plus also a choice of 18K yellow or rose gold.
Apple wants everyone to have one, and is catering to different tastes and styles. Bands offered include a Link Bracelet, Sport Band, Leather Loop, Classic Buckle, Modern Buckle and Milanese Loop.
The Apple Watch will also come with a variety of customisable watch faces — you can ultimately choose colours, design elements and add functionality.
To make it easy to find the right Apple Watch, Apple has categorised the watch into three distinct collections — Watch, Watch Sport and Watch Edition.
Starting at USD349, the Apple Watch is expected to hit as high as USD1000 for the premium version with premium bands. Not exactly cheap, but then again, Apple doesn’t do cheap. The device is expected to ship in April.
For many, Apple’s first wearable will be the one to watch and according to recent research by Canalys Research, sales of smartwatches will more than double to 43.2 million this year, spurred by the Apple Watch. Apple is reportedly preparing to churn out 1 million Watch Edition units per month, with an initial round of 3-5 million units of watches overall. Apple anticipates to ship 24 million units of Apple Watches in 2015.
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