Apple updates 13" MacBook Pro and 11/13" MacBook Air: Pricing, availability and more details
Apple also announced that it would be updating the 13” MacBook Pro with Retina display with the all new force touch trackpad, as well as upgraded internals including a fifth generation Intel Core processor and Intel Iris Graphics 6100. Even with the updated internals, the new MacBook Pro boasts a longer battery life.
The 11” and 13” MacBook Air also had a hardware upgrade. It too will feature fifth generation Intel Core processors (up to 3.1 GHz) and integrated Iris Graphics 6100. It’ll also include Thunderbolt 2 that can deliver up to 20Gbps, two times faster than the previous generation.
How to watch Apple Watch launch event live stream: Follow Apple Watch announcements with our Apple Watch live blog
The Apple Watch launch event*, with its slogan 'Spring Forward', is on Monday 9 March at 10am PST - that's 5pm UK time. (UPDATE - we thought it was 6pm but forgot to take into account the change to Daylight Savings Time in the US the night before, which gives the event its name - thanks to Clare Newsome for pointing this out. Non US- or UK-based readers should take a look here to see when the event starts in your local time.) As a keen Apple watcher, you're probably wondering how to follow the Apple Watch announcements as they happen. Is there an Apple Watch live stream?
This article itself should be your first port of call for Apple Watch updates: bookmark it and come back on Monday night (the event starts at 5pm UK time, as we said, but we'll start posting build-up and pre-event rumours a few hours beforehand). We're sending journalists to the event, and they will update this page with Apple Watch news, pricing details, launch dates, new features and more titbits as soon as they emerge. We'll run an Apple Watch event live blog right here.
You can also read up the news that's specific to the Apple Watch in more detail on our dedicated articles (which are worth reading in advance of the event, since they're chock-full of pre-event speculation and analysis): Apple Watch UK pricing & release date and Apple Watch review. And for any non-Apple Watch announcements, you'll find coverage both here and on the products' respective articles: New MacBook Air release date, iPad Pro release date, Apple Pay UK launch date rumours, Apple Beats music service rumours and so on.
But what if you want to watch the Apple Watch launch event live and enjoy Craig Federighi's jokes? You can watch a live stream of the Apple Watch event on Apple's events page. But this isn't available to everyone: the Apple Watch live stream will work only on Apple devices, and only on Apple devices running software of a comparatively recent vintage. You need to be running Safari 5.1.10 or later on OS X v10.6.8 or later; Safari on iOS 6.0 or later; or Apple TV software 6.2 or later on a second- or third-gen Apple TV.
In other words, if you don't own an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac or Apple TV, you probably can't watch the launch event live. (You should really buy one of those devices, though. They're pretty good.) There's a good chance that someone will post a mirror or proxy of the Apple Watch live stream somewhere, and if we find one we'll post a link. But the PC users out there might have to make do with our Apple Watch live blog on this page.
In our Apple Watch live blog further above, we will exhaustively cover everything that happens, comment on the developments with our expert perspective, and also make silly jokes.
*It's possible that the event isn't about the Apple Watch at all, but I think we can agree that this would be a quite colossal surprise.
What to expect from Apple's 9 March event: Apple Watch
It's pretty obvious from Apple's 'Spring Forward' tagline that the Apple Watch is going to be among the main attractions for this event. Of course, the smartwatch has already been unveiled, first shown off during Apple's iPhone event back in September, but there are still many mysteries surround the device.
For example, we still don't know the prices of the many different configurations available, and perhaps more importantly we don't know when we're actually going to be able to buy one. See: Apple Watch hands-on review
But does Apple really need an entire event just to announce the price, release date and some extra information about the Apple Watch? Possibly not. There are several other rumoured devices that could well put in an appearance during the event.
What to expect from Apple's 9 March event: New MacBooks and Mac Pro update
Another product rumoured to be in the pipeline is a new MacBook Air with a Retina display - quite possibly a 12-inch Retina display, in a major change to Apple's laptop line-up. Leaks and insider sources suggest that the next MacBook Air will be slimmer than ever and see a radical redesign.
We had heard rumours that we could expect this new MacBook early in 2015, so a March event would fit the bill. Find out everything you need to know in our Retina MacBook Air rumour round-up.
Alternatively, or perhaps in addition to the Retina model, the current 11in and 13in MacBook Airs could get an update, as they were last updated in April 2014.
The Mac Pro is also due an update; the latest model was launched in December 2013. Mind you, the Mac Pro is a pretty hardcore techie machine to update in front of a fashion-dominated audience, so we'd be surprised.
What to expect from Apple's 9 March event: Magic Mouse & Magic Trackpad
One of the rumours about the aforementioned Retina MacBook Air suggests that Touch ID could be included in its trackpad, and that the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad peripherals could get the same treatment, meaning an update to those devices could also be on its way.
What to expect from Apple's 9 March event: iPad Pro?
We expect that Apple will want to spend a significant amount of time talking about a new iPad Pro, and had expected that it might get its own event, but it's certainly a possibility that Apple has decided to unveil the rumoured tablet on 9 March.
We won't be holding our breath, though, as there is lots of speculation to suggest that the iPad Pro won't arrive until later in the year.
If you're wondering what on earth an iPad Pro is, you can find out more about it in our iPad Pro/iPad Plus rumour roundup. But in short, it's the rumoured 12.9in tablet that would be powerful enough to compete with the likes of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.
What to expect from Apple's 9 March event: Apple TV?
It's highly unlikely that we'll see a new Apple TV in March but we're including it here anyway with the tiny glimmer of hope we've got in mind. We've been speculating the release of a new Apple TV for a long time now, so it feels massively overdue.
What are you hoping to see at the 9 March event? Let us know in the comments. We'll be bringing you all of the news and photos from the event live on this very page, so keep it bookmarked and come back on 9 March from 6pm GMT.