This morning, Apple announced an upcoming event by way of sending invitations to the party, and yours truly is not on the guest list. I’m not at all bitter about missing the event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. The affair will begin March 9 at noon here in the lovely state of Texas (10:00am Pacific, 1:00pm Eastern). I’ll probably be eating lunch or obsessively refreshing one of a hundred different liveblogs from the select few in attendance. Who knows?
The invitation includes the tag “Spring Forward” which is a nod to the imminent release of the Apple Watch. It’s also a reference to the fact that Daylight Savings Time begins the day prior. Assuming they discuss the Apple Watch, you can bet they’ll announce an official release date, as well as more details about pricing.
It’s unlikely that Apple will announce the Apple Van at this time, so don’t get your hopes up now… or ever. With WWDC around the corner, I doubt we’ll get any new information about iOS 9 or the next release of Mac OS. However, they will probably release iOS 8.2 to coincide with new features related to Apple Watch. Apple typically reserves this time of year for new products, not just updates. In addition to Apple Watch and iOS 8.2, I think we may finally see the new Photos app come out of “beta” status. If a 12-inch Retina MacBook Air happens this year, I don’t think we’ll see it at this event — probably in the September/October timeframe. I do hope we see some refreshed items. Some would say Apple’s MacBook line is terribly out of date and might even be surpassed by a Dell.
At this point, nothing is certain except that I won’t be there. You can, however, join me in watching the live stream on Apple’s website. We’ll provide you with updates about the most interesting stuff that happens like “what is Aron eating for lunch?” and “is Josh even awake yet?” — so stay tuned.