What Else We Might Learn at the March 9 Apple Watch Introduction

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-02-27
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    What Else We Might Learn at the March 9 Apple Watch Introduction

    by Don Reisinger
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    2 - Apple Watch Will Carry a Premium Price
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    Apple Watch Will Carry a Premium Price

    Apple will finally reveal Apple Watch pricing at its March 9 event. Apple has kept pricing for its line close to the vest, and many are wondering just how much the gold version will cost. Considering rumors are suggesting Apple is placing safes into its stores to prepare for Apple Watch, the device might prove very expensive when its price is announced.
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    3 - Expect Apple Watch Sooner Rather Than Later
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    Expect Apple Watch Sooner Rather Than Later

    During a recent earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook let slip that Apple Watch will probably ship in April. Since Apple is holding the event on March 9, it's possible that the company has moved up that timeline or is simply preparing customers to get their preorders in for an eventual April launch. Either way, we'll find out for sure when Apple Watch launches at the company's March 9 event.
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    4 - Tim Cook Will Bring Plenty of Statistics
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    Tim Cook Will Bring Plenty of Statistics

    Whenever Apple starts a press event, the company talks statistics. So, there's little chance that Apple will break its routine this time around. Apple will undoubtedly tout its recent smartphone sales figures, as well as how many apps are available in its App Store, how much money it's doled out to developers, and more.
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    5 - Look for Lots of Talk About Apple Watch Apps
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    Look for Lots of Talk About Apple Watch Apps

    The main feature that will ultimately help sell Apple Watch will be application support. So, it's highly likely that Apple will spend some of its time onstage giving developers the opportunity to show off their Apple Watch software and talk about the experience of building apps for the device. Apple Watch will be nothing without useful software features, and Apple knows it.
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    6 - That 'One More Thing' Hardware Feature
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    That 'One More Thing' Hardware Feature

    Apple has a tendency to keep certain hardware features under wraps if it unveils a device early. So, it's not beyond the realm of possibility to expect the company to announce a previously unknown hardware feature built into Apple Watch. Whether it's a sensor or a health-tracking component, expect Apple to announce something new about Apple Watch at the event.
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    7 - Expect Talk of Apple Store Changes
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    Expect Talk of Apple Store Changes

    Apple's senior vice president of retail, Angela Ahrendts, has been working with the company's head of design, Jony Ive, to rework the look and feel of Apple retail stores, Ive confirmed recently in an interview. That change is going to coincide with the launch of Apple Watch, since the company will need to find retail space to showcase its smartwatch. At Apple's March 9 event, the company will likely talk about the changes it's making to its stores to accommodate its latest product addition.
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    8 - Macs Could Make an Appearance
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    Macs Could Make an Appearance

    Although it may not seem like the place for an announcement, the Apple Watch event could play host to a new line of Macs. There has been talk of Apple announcing at some point soon a 12-inch MacBook, as well as updates to its MacBook Air that would see it come with a Retina display. Since so many people will be watching the event to learn more about Apple Watch, it might make sense for the company to spring new MacBooks on the market to boost sales.
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    9 - There Will Be Apple Pay Talk
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    There Will Be Apple Pay Talk

    Since Apple Watch supports Apple Pay, it shouldn't come as a surprise if Tim Cook and his colleagues spend some time talking about the company's mobile-payment platform. Apple could announce new banks, retailers and developers that now support the platform, or it might talk in detail on how Apple Pay will work on Apple Watch. Either way, it'll play a role in the event.
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    10 - Will Apple Respond to Samsung?
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    Will Apple Respond to Samsung?

    Apple's decision to hold its Apple Watch event on March 9 is no coincidence. As history has proven, Apple likes to upstage other companies that are holding similarly large events, and this time around, that company is Samsung. Expect Samsung to fire some shots over Apple's bow and for Apple to respond with stats and other data that will attempt to make Samsung look bad. Unfortunately for Samsung, Apple is going second, which means it'll get the last laugh.
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    11 - Preorders Will Start That Week
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    Preorders Will Start That Week

    Over the last few years, Apple has followed a timeline that sees the company announce a product one day and start preorders the same week. Several reports suggest that Apple is planning the same move with Apple Watch. It's quite possible that the company will talk in detail about the smartwatch on March 9 and start preorders that Friday.
 

Apple is getting ready to rain on Samsung's parade. Just a week after Samsung holds its Unpacked event on March 1—in conjunction with Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, where the company is expected to unveil the Galaxy S6—Apple has scheduled a special press briefing on March 9. Apple didn't provide any details on what it intends to talk about, but all signs point to Apple Watch. Apple's smartwatch was unveiled last year in tandem with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Since then, Apple has been quietly developing its smartwatch and preparing its stores for its arrival. Now, the time has come for Apple to finally announce pricing and availability. But the event could be about much more than Apple Watch. Historically, Apple events have not focused solely on one announcement, and this year isn't expected to be any different. Apple Watch will certainly be the headliner, but there will be many more things talked about at the event. This slide show will suggest other topics that the company might cover besides the long-anticipated Apple Watch.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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