Apple held a big event on Monday, showing off the Apple Watch and unveiling other new products. Here are the three biggest announcements.
1) Apple Watch will ship on April 24, and there will be three broad types
The Apple Watch will be available on April 24, with many of the features of a cellphone. Apple emphasized the watch's notifications, which will alert users of scheduled events, social media happenings, and breaking news. The watch will also let people make and take calls, read and send messages, make payments with Apple Pay, and track workouts, among other features. It will work with other Apple devices to navigate and install apps.
Apple said the battery will last up to 18 hours.
Apple Watch Sport, with a lightweight band, will start at $349. The mid-range Apple Watch will start at $549. The Apple Watch Edition, with an 18-karat gold band, will start at $10,000.
2) HBO Now is coming to Apple — without cable service
Starting in April, Apple will offer a new HBO Now service on Apple TV, iPhones, and iPads called HBO Now. The service will cost $14.99, with a free month for new subscribers. Unlike HBO Go, HBO Now won't require any sort of cable service — just the online subscription.
Apple will also cut the price of the Apple TV from $99 to $69.
3) Apple's new MacBook is the lightest Mac ever
The new MacBook, shipping on April 10, will be the lightest and thinnest in Apple's history, Apple said. It will have no fan to provide silent operation. The keyboard is also a new model in the hopes of offering a new, stronger type of click. The battery will last up to nine hours, thanks to a contoured design that packs batteries into a smaller space. The new MacBook will cost $1,299.