Apple Watch Event

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Apple’s announcement to host their “Spring Forward” event on March 9 got nicknamed the Apple Watch Event for the anticipated smartwatch; however, the watch was only a side attraction to the big event. Yesterday, Apple hit us hard with a few announcements, here are a few things you need to know.

HBO Now

Tim Cook brought HBO CEO, Richard Plepler on stage to present one of the first announcements of the day, HBO Now. The internet-only HBO Now, finally offers people the opportunity to order HBO for a monthly fee that isn’t added on to a cable bill. Plepler said, “All you need to get HBO Now is a broadband connection and an Apple device.” Currently, HBO Now is exclusive to Apple but will probably be expanding elsewhere after the launch.

Research Kit

Apple introduced an open source software framework, called ResearchKit, which they say, “makes it easy for researchers and developers to create apps that could revolutionize medical studies, potentially transforming medicine forever.” ResearchKit will allow medical researchers to develop apps for the iPhone that will let patients participate in different studies, research and data sampling to help assist in the research and cure of different diseases.

New MacBook

This might have been the showstopper of yesterday’s event. The new MacBook made its debut resembling a mashup of the MacBook Air with its thinness, and the MacBook Pro with the Retina screen. Apple has remade this laptop to make it the thinnest model yet with a redesign of the keyboard and trackpad. The new MacBook will come in two models starting at $1,299 with the choice of color in Gold, Silver or Space Grey.

Apple Watch

Tim Cook finally answered a lot of questions everyone had about the smartwatch. There are three different models of the Apple Watch all ranging in price. The most basic model, the Apple Watch Sport will start at $349, while the most expensive model the Apple Watch Edition begins at $10,000. You’ll be able to take calls, track your fitness, connect with other Apple Watches while also being able to use apps on your watch from companies like Twitter and ESPN. The Apple Watch is supposed to pack in 18-hours of battery life, and will be available for pre-order on April 10.

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