Apple has sent out media invitations to their Spring Forward event which takes place on March 9th at 10 am Pacific time at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center. Of course the obvious purpose of this event is going to provide media and consumers additional information on the Apple Watch, which Tim Cook recently said was on track to ship in April during a recent earnings conference call. With any luck, a more specific launch date & price guide will be available because the vague starting point of $349 doesn't really say much.
There's also been plenty of other things floating around in the Apple rumor mill lately so what's an Apple event without at least 'one more thing'?
Apple Pay in Canada
I'm curious if we'll see Apple Pay make its way North (well, South if you're in Alaska). As someone who's recently had their debit card skimmed I am very interested in any possible way to keep my transactions digitally and securely. I hate carrying cash - in fact I find that cash has a habit of burning a hole in my pocket. There's been lots of talk about China and the UK getting Apple Pay, but nothing here in Canada that can be taken as concrete other than the sketchy belief that RBC was doing some internal testing.
MacBook Air with Retina Display
A few friends of mine have been waiting for a year now to buy a new MacBook in hopes that Apple would release the rumored 12" MacBook Air with retina display. Earlier this year there was speculation that the Super-Ultra-Slim-Thin MacBook Air would only have one port for everything - but it seems those ideas have calmed down for awhile. I've said this prior to the last two or three events but it could finally be time for a new MacBook Air, after all the Air was last refreshed in April of last year.
iPad Plus (or Pro)
Another rumor that has been around for several months is a Larger version of the iPad. Names floating around include iPad Pro or iPad Plus - and it seems everywhere you go there is news about protective third party cases being made for them, and fuzzy, unclear, leaked manufacturing plant photos of the exterior casing to go along with it. I am still reserving judgment on this one because an iPad Air with 128GB of storage is just a little cheaper than an 11" MacBook Air, why create a 12" iPad and, a more likely 12" MacBook Air?
I'd love for Apple to give a little bit more attention to the Apple TV. It's not a hobby anymore, or at least it shouldn't be treated as one. We have 5 in our house - every TV is equipped and it's one of the primary sources of entertainment we use. Streaming Music, Movies, TV Shows, Home Videos, YouTube, Netflix and more. I don't expect Apple to return to something closer to the 1st generation Apple TV that had it's own storage, but I really want to see some additional features. Maybe as a second gaming screen when using an iPhone or iPod as a controller. Anything.
Apple Car / iCar
Don't hold your breath. Rumors since Apple was seen driving around a bunch of Dodge Grand Caravans with some equipment on top have fueled (get it?) lots of speculation about Apple's intentions around a Smart Car or autonomous / self driving contraption. These rumours suggest that Apple wants to have something ready for 2020, a lofty goal but still nothing more than a rumour. It could simply be that Apple has decided to enhance their Map options with something like google street view, or perhaps a backend enhancement to improve the accuracy of existing maps. So Shut up about the map app goof a few years ago - they're doing something.
There are so many articles and posts that the Apple Watch has already failed. I disagree. Apple tends to run with the idea that People don't know what they want until you give it to them. I know lots of people who thought the iPad was a riduclous concept because the iPod Touch existed, years later those same people can't go a day without their iPads and are calling time of death on the iPod touch - so keep that in mind.
I intend on getting my hands on an Apple watch as quickly as possible. Despite people thinking the demand wont be there on launch, the retail stores will still be mad houses. I could avoid the lineups and just order a watch but then there is the issue of sizing them up. 38mm or 42mm
Keep "Watching" (see what I did there too? ... I kill myself)