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A podcast by iOS developers for iOS developers, delivering news, tips, and rants for professional iOS/Mac developers, with something for enterprise and indie developers alike.

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59: Episode 59 - Mehxcited

March 13, 2015 at 8:30AM • 57 minutes • Wiki Entry

Apple Event Recap

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Apple Event Recap

  • Retail Update
    • New flagship store in West Lake, China
    • Apple is moving into China at a rapid pace
      • 6 new stores in as many weeks
      • 21 Greater China stores to date, 453 worldwide (16 countries)
      • Plans to have 40 Greater China stores by mid-2016
    • 120 million visitors last quarter
  • Apple TV
    • 25 million units sold to date
    • No apparent hardware refresh
    • Price drop from $99 to $69
    • HBO Now officially announced by HBO CEO and Ricardo Montalbon/John Boehner stunt-double Richard Plepler
      • Apple is an exclusive partner (no word on the agreement duration)
      • Available early April, timed with the 4/12 Game of Thrones season premiere
      • $14.99/month
  • iPhone
    • 700 million iPhones sold
    • 49% year-over-year sales growth, compared against 26% industry-wide
    • 99% customer sat score for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
    • Apple Pay
      • 2500 card-issuing banks on board
      • Nearly 700k locations accepting Apple Pay across the U.S.
      • Expansion to vending machines (CocaCola Co.)
    • CarPlay
      • Every major auto manufacturer has committed to supporting CarPlay
      • >40 new models with support shipping this year
    • HomeKit
      • Lots of announcements at CES, nothing earth-shattering announced
    • Health
      • Over 900 apps for managing and tracking health/fitness
      • ResearchKit (introduced by Jeff Williams)
        • Seeks to solve several problems related to medical research
          • Small sample sizes
          • Subjective data
          • Infrequent data
          • One-way communication
        • 5 apps available currently, General availability release next month
        • Takes advantage of HealthKit info, 3rd-party bluetooth devices, GPS and direct user feedback
        • Privacy
          • Opt-in
          • User decides who to share data with
          • Apple does not see the data
        • Open source (unclear as to how they define that)
  • Mac
    • 10 years of outgrowing the industry
    • New MacBook (presented by Phil Schiller)
      • No huge surprises here. See recent ATP episodes for discussions about leaked details.
      • 12” Retina display, 2304x1440 pixels
      • Fanless design, Intel Core-M processor up to 1.3GHz
      • Terraced, contoured battery cells
      • Single USB-C port (and a headphone jack, but who’s counting?)
      • Weighs 2 lbs, 24% thinner than 11-inch MacBook Air (Does the Air brand make any sense now?)
      • Redesigned keyboard, Force Touch trackpad (with new Force Click gestures)
      • Available in Silver, Space Grey, Gold
    • MacBook Air gets faster processors, Thunderbolt 2, 2x faster flash on 13” model
    • 13” MBP gets Force Touch trackpad, faster processors, 2x faster flash and longer battery life
  • Apple Watch
    • Recap of what we learned in September
    • Kevin Lynch demos the watch in action
    • All-day battery life
      • Numbers based on 38MM model. 42MM model typically gets longer battery life
      • Up to 18 hours on a typical day
      • 3 hours talk time
      • 6.5 hours audio playback
      • 6.5 hours workout
      • 48 hours watch
      • 72 hours power reserve
      • Charges 80% in 1.5 hours, 100% in 2.5 hours
    • Pricing
      • Sport: 38MM $349, 42MM $399
      • Watch Collection: 38MM $549-$1049, 42MM $599-$1099
      • Watch Edition: Starts at $10,000, Limited availability
    • April 10 Pre-order and preview
    • Available April 24 in 9 countries

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