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Exciting times for Apple, with the latest conference Apple held in San Francisco on 9th March. Showcasing a range of new and improved products.

What have we got to tell you?

Well what a good question. The answer is lots. Apple has announced the release date and price of the Apple Watch, the release of a retina display MacBook Pro and also a new MacBook!

One watch to rule them all…

The Apple Watch has finally been given its release date and will be taking pre-orders from 10th April for release on April 24th. Apple have also given us an insight into how long the battery will last and it’s as we would all expect… less than a day! Apple have conducted a lot of tests on it though and depending on how you use the watch depend on how much time you get out of the battery. The 18 hour battery life is based on the following, paired with an iPhone: 90 time checks, 90 notifications, 45 minutes of app use and a 30-minute workout with music playback from Apple Watch via Bluetooth.

The price also didn’t come as a surprise to anyone either. The watches come in 2 sizes, a 38mm and a 42mm. The prices for the Apple Watch Sport start at £299.00 for the 38mm and £339.00 for the 42mm. If you want something a bit classier, then you may want to look at the Apple Watch, which has a stainless steel case and starts at £479.00 for the 38mm and £519.00 for the 42mm. If you really want to show off then you could go all out and get the Apple Watch Edition, which will set you back £8000.00 for a 38mm and £9500.00 for a 42mm.

You can get a lot more out of the battery in fact you can gain up to 30 hours if you use the watch as a watch. This was based on five time checks an hour at four seconds each check paired with an iPhone. Apple have performed a variety of other tests, you can see them below:

  • All-Day Battery Life – up to 18 hours
  • Talk Time Test – up to 3 hours
  • Audio Playback Test – up to 6.5 hours
  • Workout Test – up to 7 hours
  • Watch Test – up to 48 hours
  • Power Reserve – up to 72 hours

The charge time on the Apple watch is 1.5 hours for 80% or 2.5 hours for 100%. These are the charge times from 0% battery. To see the tests in more detail, checkout the page on the Apple website.

MacBook Pro… with retina

The MacBook Pro has now finally got the whole range with retina displays. The 13” MacBook Pro has got its retina display, it also will be shipping with the latest 5th-gen Intel Broadwell chips. The battery life gets a bit of an extra boost by one hour and comes fitted with the force touch pad. Although it hasn’t had much of a boost it has still got a few nice additions to the machine itself.

The reinvented notebooks

The all-new product launched, the MacBook. The main goal behind the launch of this new product was to reinvent the notebook. This new 12” product is ideal for people who aren’t in the market for a lot of power but are looking for a great looking Mac.

One of the best things about this new product launch is the fact that it comes in a variety of colours; you can purchase the new MacBook in gold, silver and space grey. These colours, which seem to be making their way through Apple and may be applied to the next updates to other products.

The MacBook comes with the all-new USB-C port; no other ports come with it just the one port! This port will be used to charge the MacBook and also transfer data as well as be used for the display port. The great thing about the USB-C is that it is a bidirectional port so it can send power both ways, so you could use other devices to charge up the MacBook!

The new MacBook weighs in at just 0.9Kg and is 24% thinner than the 11-inch MacBook air at only 13.1mm in thickness. As a standard the MacBook comes with a retina display and comes with 8GB of RAM and a choice of two processors.

Want more information? Take a look at the Select Your Macbook page.

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By Ashleigh Sims

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