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Apple iWatch Event Is Finally Here. Time To Add Some Spring In Your Step

Apple iWatch Event March 2015

Picture Credit: Apple.Com

On Monday, March 9th at 1:00 PM Eastern (10:00 AM Pacific), Apple wants everyone to spring forward and join them for their very special Apple Event. 

This event will be streamed live on Apple.Com/Live and/or if you have an Apple TV Unit, you can stream it on the Apple Live Event App.

Of course, everyone and everybody who has any interest in technology – especially Apple technology – knows that this special event will highlight the announcement of the availability and prices for the much anticipated iWatch. 

According to this excellent article by TechCrunch, the Apple iWatch will give back something very valuable to people from every sector of life – the gift of time. Yes, the Apple iWatch will focus on time saved in your daily lives and, perhaps, make you forget that you ever needed an iPhone in the first place. 

This is technology and this is what Apple does best – reinventing not only how we interact with others but also with ourselves.  

Make sure you watch the live event on Monday and, if you are not able to do so, I will live blog the event so you can check back later. Refresh this page often during the live stream. 

Are you purchasing an iWatch?  Comment below. 

Live Update: 1:00 PM Monday, March 9th

  • 7 minutes to lift off everyone!
  • The place is jam-packed.  What else is new?
  • Here we go!  Tim Cook Time!
  • Intro Movie showing the Apple Store in West Lake, China. It is their latest store and it is gorgeous. Love their funky red Apple shirts.  You can plainly see how loved Apple is in China. 
  • Tim Cook hits the stage. Three “Good Mornings”.  Brags about the China store. They have opened 6 stores in China in the last 6 weeks alone. Want to be at 40 in the next year. 
  • Apple TV is addressed.  Thank Heavens!  HBO will be added. How exciting. They have created ground-breaking shows like The Sopranos and Sex In The City and Veep and Game Of Thrones.  The CEO of HBO  introduced – Richard somebody –  and states that Apple is HBO’s partner at large. All past, present and future shows will be on Apple TV in April for $14.99 a month.  First month is free. 
  • Not sure if this applies to USA only for now. 
  • Tim Cook continues to talk about Apple TV. Lowering the price to $69.00.  Great news. 
  • iPhone is being addressed.  Selling like hot cakes and it is the top selling smartphone in the world. Customer satisfaction is at 99%.  
  • Apple Pay is enjoying enormous momentum.  There are 700 locations across the U.S.  Vending machines are now included. Well that is a pleasant surprise!
  • Every major car brand is committed to delivering CarPlay.  Excellent news. HomeKit will expand. The HealthKit App will address medical research. 
  • Jeff Williams takes the stage and explains “medical research”.  He says that disease symptoms ebb and flow and, at times, lack of communication between doctor and patient is an everyday problem. 
  • He then introduces Research Kit which turns the iPhone into a powerful diagnostic tool. They have worked with many key hospitals to refine this capability. No easy task. He spoke how it works with a disease like Parkinsons disease. The phone can assess vocal and hand tremors and walking gait. 
  • The data will be seen on your phone. With Diabetes, you can assess glucose levels and with Asthma, one can address pathogens.  For Breast Cancer,  is addressed as well. 
  • Privacy is addressed. Apple will no longer see your data – and this is imperative for HealthKit. 
  • Addressing the medical capabilities of the iPhone and, probably, the iWatch is a game-changer for Apple. 
  • The ResearchKit will be an open source platform and will be added over time. It will be introduced next month along with the first five apps addressed earlier in this keynote. 
  • Tim Cook is back on stage.  Next up, he wants to talk about the Mac. This is the strongest lineup for the Mac ever. Macs are in schools, businesses, coffee shops and they are still going strong. Apple challenged themselves to re-invent the Notebook. 
  • A film is played and reveals a very thin, very clean notebook. It looks like an iPad with a keyboard. 
  • Phil Schiller takes to the stage to speak about the new MacBook. The technology was reinvented for this new product. It weighs just 2 lbs. Thinnest Mac ever made.  The keyboard defines the size of the notebook by going all the way to the edge. It is flat and thin. A butterfly mechanism has been designed for this keyboard, increasing stability. The keys are larger as well, increasing precision when typing. Individual LED lighting for each key.  The display is a 12″ retina display. Gorgeous. The panel is .88 mm thin. 
  • Continuing on, the track pad is improved. It is a force touch track pad with force sensors with a tap touch engine which provides feedback of your clicking.  It is pressure sensitive as well.  The new Force Click feature is wonderful. It can increase speed in a video, for instance. 
  • This is also the first fanless notebook. The Logic Board is  1/3 size smaller. Insane. 
  • So, with the extra space, they added more battery power. There are terraced, contoured battery cells with 35% more battery life – delivering all day battery life. 
  • You can connect to the Notebook wirelessly and with Bluetooth. 
  • One connector supports power, usb, display etc. The cable is thinner and reversible. 
  • Colours are silver, space grey and gold.  It is the world’s most efficient notebook. And, because of its lightness, it is truly portable
  • Prices: $1299; $1599
  • Availability: April 10th. 
  • Mac Pro and Air will also receive Force Track Pad and new features. 
  • Tim Cook is on stage to speak about the Apple Watch. It is not  just “with you it is on you”. It was designed for people with different tastes and design preferences. There is a stainless steel watch all the way up to an 18 carat gold watch. 
  • Apple Watch is incredibly accurate. There will be different faces and colours from which to choose. 
  • Oh my goodness. There is a Mickey Mouse Watch. Haha. Cha Ching. Christmas is coming. Haha
  • You will be able to see everything clearly and precisely, your calendar, your weather, your heartbeat. You will be able to communicate immediately and intimately and be able to receive messages and calls. It is a thing of beauty. The clarity is astounding. 
  • You can connect Apple Watch to Apple Watch, duplicating  what you do on your watch on your friend’s watch. 
  • Apple will track your daily movement and will remind you if you have been sitting too long. It will send you a reminder to, say, be more active and will send you a program re how you should  go about becoming more active. 
  • Tim Cook introduces Christy Turlington Burns, who completed a marathon in Africa using the Apple Watch. A movie is aired. The WorkOut App measured her time and pace. 
  • Christy takes to the stage to announce her next big adventure. She is wearing the blue modern buckle Apple Watch.  In 8 weeks, she will be running a huge marathon in the UK, using the Apple Watch in the process. You can follow Christy’s training on a blog at Apple.Com
  • You can interface  Apple Watch with Siri, recieve notifications, use Apple Pay, connect to Social Media, keep track of the news as it happens. 
  • Kevin Lynch takes to the stage to speak further about the Apple Watch in action. You can press the crown for Siri or just voice activate Siri. There are cute stickers for quick replies to messages. You will also recieve a notification if you have been sitting too long. 
  • Apple Pay will be much easier with an Apple Watch, I feel. It is already on your wrist – no digging for the iPhone
  • Phone calls are very nice. You do not have to bring your arm next to your ear. 
  • The watch, at some hotels, will be your room key. You check in to confirm your arrival and then – bam – your room key is displayed on your watch. (Let’s hope this never malfunctions or you will wake up to a stranger in your bed). 
  • You can control features in your home – locks, lights ETc. – with your Watch and see a live feed of people entering your home. 
  • It works with the iPhone. There is an Apple Watch App on the iPhone, available for download today. 
  • There is an all-day battery life. To charge this watch, you hold the magnetic charger on the back of the watch. Cool
  • Prices:  Apple Watch Sport is available in 5 colours. It is made of special aluminum. It starts at $349 – $399.  Apple Watch Stainless Steel starts at $549 – $1049.  The 18 carat solid gold watches – Apple Watch Edition  are $10,000. 
  • Availability – pre-orders on April 10th.  Fully available on April 24th in many countries. 

GTG Live Blog Of The Apple iPhone Event Scheduled For September 10th At 1:00 Eastern

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The Apple Store is down. My Apple TV Unit is acting wonky. I can’t connect to iTunes.

So, this can only mean one thing.

Apple is ready to shove a bunch of new products in our faces and, like giddy excited children on Christmas morning, we cannot wait to unwrap the goodies under the old Apple tree.

So, this blog topic is ready to go and live updates will be added below throughout the morning.

Additionally, I will live blog this event courtesy of Mashable.Com and iPhoneInCanada.Ca.

IPhone in Canada has an excellent Rumour Roundup of what we can expect at Tuesday’s event. It’s very exciting.

Of everything I have read so far, I am pretty hyped over the fingerprint scanner and the gold iPhone. And no cheap phone for me. I want the expensive one because, well, you only live once so why not?

So stay tuned my lovelies and the updates will be added as I receive them. And, at 1:00 Eastern, I will begin the live blog party.

Comments are now open for business. Any Senior Geeks out there? C’mon, I know you are lurking. Come and join the party.

Live Updates inside:

  • Predicted availability dates from iPhoneInCanada.Ca
  • Again from iPhoneInCanada – some live update links for today’s App,e Event:

    So with that being said, here are some live blogs to follow which are at Cupertino right now:

    The Verge
    TechCrunch (seems the best so far)
    Engadget
    Slashgear
    CNET
    Macworld
    AllThingsD
    GigaOM
    ABC News
    IGN
    We will be also live tweeting relevant news on via Twitter from @iPhoneinCanada. Don’t forget to read our last minute ‘predictions’ post on today’s event. Stay tuned.

  • Following Mashable’s Live Update beginning now.
  • Via Mashable – Waiting for the presentation to begin
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  • Someone commented that they think the rumored iPhone 5C is a children’s phone. The C stands for “children” not “cheap”. I like that idea.
  • Tim Cook is on stage talking about iTunes Festival and showing a video.
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  • Apple Store Update. Huge. Pavillion Design
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  • Craig Federighi up to talk iOS. Okay, now we’re getting somewhere!
  • New controls, notification center. Device actually learns where and when you commute. Computes commute with current traffic conditions
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  • The new camera is really great. Built-in square photo mode for Instagram. Photos automatically grouped by moments based on location and time they were taken.
  • Year View of Photos. Plus Airdrop sharing has faster capabilities.
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  • As always iOS 7 will be available on Sept 18
  • iWork now consists of the best-selling productivity apps on any platform. iWork highlights the fact that iOS devices are not just great for consuming content, great for creating content.
  • All 5 of these industry-leading iWork apps are now free with any new iOS device.
  • iPhone 5 helped take out iPhone business to an entirely different level. Woah! There will be two new designs allowing us to serve my customers
  • Phil Schiller is on stage talking about the new, colorful iPhone 5C
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  • Five colors, made of plastic. When you pick up and hold the iPhone 5c, you’ll be blown away by quality and how rigid it is.
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  • $99. Are you kidding me? This is fantastic! $199 for 32 gigs.
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  • “More powerful, more intuitive and ultimately more useful.” iPhone 5C is beautifully, unapologetically, plastic.”by Lance Ulanoff 1:30 PM
  • Single piece of poly-carbonate and insert the steel chasis that creates bespoke assembly that doubles as an antenna. Haha what does that mean? Has to be good, right?
  • iOS 7 complements the iPhone 5 C. Another great example of how we design and engineer our products in concert.”
  • Next up – the iPhone 5 S
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  • In black, gold and silver.
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  • The picture says it all.
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  • Graphics is 56 times faster. Complex enviroments running in real time. Runs 5 times faster than it would on iPhone 5. Great news for gamers – of which I am not. Still very impressive.
  • Finally! The home button. There’s a ring around the home button
  • New part in the iPhone 5S – it’s called the M7. Takes all the measurements from acceleromter, gyroscope and compass: makes possible a whole new level of health and fitness solutions
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  • Camera system announcement…Check it out in the picture below.
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  • New Flash: The truetone flash
  • Ambient light varies in color temperatures. The flash in the iPhone 5s solves for this with two LEDs. One brighter and one warmer. Truly a breakthrough!
  • Also new – auto image stabilization. Woo!
  • Burst mode 10 frames per second as long as you hold down the shutter. Incredible.
  • Now, something else the slow-motion camera. What the what?
  • 120FPS HD video? YES.by Christina 1:54 PM
  • Panorama 28 megapixel. Now you can adjust exposure level as you pan the scene
  • Now Touch ID. It reads your fingerprint at an incredibly detailed level. 70 microns thin, 500 pixels per inch. It sits on the HOME button.
  • You can use it for so many things for making iTunes purchases for example
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  • Touch the home button to unlock your phone. Perfect now I don’t have to push on that stupid home button
  • Prices are based on a two-year contract.
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  • Available for purchase on September 20
  • Tim Cook back on stage showing advertisements.
  • Elvis Costello takes to the stage. I think we are just about done here. Hmm.
  • So strange – they never addressed the battery issues. I guess time will tell.
  • And I believe that is a wrap. Happy? Disappointed? I am the former. Both phones sounds fabulous but the photo advancements on the iPhone 5S sound extraordinary.
  • Bye for now everyone! Happy Shopping!
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