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By Harshmeet Singh

Apple is known to send its fans into frenzy. Be it the iconic iPhone, the trendsetter iPod or even the epic fail Apple maps, if there is one thing that has never been a miss with Apple, it is the thrill.

The upcoming Apple event on March 9 isn’t going to be any different. ‘Spring Forward’, as Apple is calling this event, would mark the much awaited arrival of the Apple Watch.

What’s hidden? What’s revealed?

Unlike most Apple products, the Apple Watch hasn’t been the best kept secret by the company. While the Apple Watch came out in September last year, the company kept its crucial specifications under the wraps. Apple, though, has revealed the price of its least expensive model – $349.

What to expect on Monday?

You can expect the Apple Watch to have a number of cool features, from doubling up as a fitness band to unlocking or may be even auto driving your car! A list of pre-loaded and compatible applications would also be announced at the ‘spring forward’. An updated version of ‘Apple Pay’ is almost sure of finding its way into the watch.

2nd coming of Retina MacBook Air

Rumours are rife that ‘spring forward’ would bring much more to the fore than just the ‘Apple Watch’. Much has been heard about Apple’s plans to come out with the 12-inch MacBook Air in the past few months. If rumours are to be believed, this could be Apple’s thinnest and lightest offering thus far, even thinner than the iPhone 6.

Is it time for the new Apple TV Box

Revival of Apple’s set top box was long overdue. According to 9to5 Mac, the company was “finishing up work on a slimmer Apple TV set-top-box with a more capable and tactile remote control and a redesigned operating system bundled with an App Store.” There are also talks of Apple partnering with HBO for ‘HBO now’ – the standalone subscription service of HBO. Although the hardware of Apple TV is also due for an overhaul, Apple is unlikely to announce any drastic changes in its exteriors.

iPad plus – so near yet so far?

Some people expect 12.9-inch iPad Plus as the surprise launch at the ‘spring forward’ event. Earlier, Bloomberg had reported that “Production of the 12.9-inch-screen iPad is now scheduled to start around September because of delays involving the supply of display panels.” But if Apple stays true to its habit of giving surprises, the iPad Plus might just make an appearance on stage.

Looking at the past records, Apple loves to beat the rumours! So if you see Tim Cook driving to the stage in Apple’s electric car, don’t blame us for not warning you!

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Apple May Launch New iPads and Mac Computer Lineup By The End of October

The tech powerhouse has been soaring over the past few years and in August became the US' first trillion-dollar company

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Apple likely to launch iPads, Macs on Oct 30. Flickr Commons

Apple is likely to launch new iPads and Mac computer lineup on October 30 at an event in Brooklyn, the media reported.

Apple sent at least two versions of its invite. One, colourful with sketched of images of people, buildings and other items, possibly indicating a new Apple Pencil or other artistic features, CNET reported on Thursday.

The other, a black and white that appeared to be water droplets, which could mean the new iPads may be water resistant, the report added.

According to the report, the new iPad Pros would get bigger displays and lose the “Touch ID” fingerprint-sensing home button in favour of Apple’s “Face ID” facial-recognition technology.

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An Apple store in Woodbridge, Virginia. (VOA)

The tablets may also have USB-C connectivity, as well as updated Apple Pencil styluses. The company might finally redesign its popular but outdated $999 MacBook Air.

In September, Apple unveiled its new “iPhone XS”, “XS Max” and “XR” phones during a launch at the Steve Jobs Theater on its new campus in Cupertino, California.

The company also updated its Apple Watch with a slimmer design.

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The tech powerhouse has been soaring over the past few years and in August became the US’ first trillion-dollar company.

Apple makes about two-thirds of its revenue from the device, and the gadget has also helped bring quick growth to its services businesses, which include the App Store and Apple Music. (IANS)

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