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Apple technology news event reveals a little bit of everything

From its mobile wallet to the newest MacBook and, finally, the launch of the Apple Watch smartwatch.

When it comes to Apple technology news, few headlines are more important than those that report on one of the company’s few but always highly anticipated events, where rumors are proven to be true, or are swatted out of the air.

In the Spring Forward event that occurred yesterday, the most greatly awaited news circled around the Apple Watch.

However, when CEO Tim Cook took the stage, it was evident that the most wanted Apple technology news was going to be kept for last. He opened the keynote with some facts about the progress of Apple Pay, which now works with more than 2,500 banks and that is accepted at almost 700,000 locations and even over 40,000 Coca-Cola vending machines. This was followed by a brief discussion of the future of CarPlay and HomeKit.

The Apple technology news continued with the HealthKit and ResearchKit, which it claims to be promoting breakthroughs in medical study.

Apple Technology News - Apple Watch - standard editionThe newest Apple MacBook notebook computer was announced, in a device that is lighter and thinner than ever. The keynote showed that the sales of these computers have risen by 21 percent over the last year, despite the falling sales figures in the total industry. This new full-size Mac comes in space gray, silver, and gold and is 24 percent thinner than the MacBook Air 11 inch device. It weighs only 2 pounds and is just over 13 mm thick.

Finally, the smartwatch, the Apple Watch, was announced, stepping the company into the already crowded wearable technology market. Though there are many different gadgets already available from different brands and companies, many in the industry have predicted that it will be this specific device that will bring wearables into the mainstream.

There are three different types of smartwatch, including the Apple Watch (in stainless steel cases of traditional or space black), the Apple Watch Sport (in anodized aluminum cases in space grey and silver), and the Apple Watch Edition (in 18-karat gold cases of rose or yellow gold).

This was, by far, the most anticipated Apple technology news for the Spring Forward event. The smartwatch will be available for pre-order as of April 10 at Apple Retail Stores. It will begin shipping on April 24 to nine countries (U.S., Canada, Australia, China, France, Hong Kong, Germany, Japan, and the U.K.

Mobile apps get a new Apple category for selfies

The App Store has now created a new way for users to be able to share their pictures of themselves.

Among the ways that Apple has used its massive store for mobile apps to its best advantage and to generate its successes is through the creation of a method that would allow interesting applications and content to make their way to the surface, despite the tremendous competition.

This makes it very simple for the users of iOS based devices to find a lot of cool stuff quickly and easily.

It is only over the last couple of years that the trend toward taking selfies has become a very big deal. Apple has not failed to watch the way that selfies have been making their way into mobile apps, whether in taking, sharing, or both. The App store has now defined a new category of itself to precisely that trend. It is now possible to head to the “Sharing Selfies” section in order to be able to peruse all of the favorite applications for snapping that picture of oneself from an odd angle and in an awkward way.

There are a surprisingly large number of mobile apps geared toward taking selfies.

Mobile Apps - SelfiesThis type of picture used to be the definition of being uncool. However, since the term was first coined in the early 2000s, its popularity has been steadily growing, until it simply exploded over the last couple of years. This has caused mobile app development companies to start to focus rather heavily on the appeal of snapping these pictures in order to be able to take advantage of the attraction that people have to taking them.

It has now come to the point that there are so many that they are worth organizing. After all, it isn’t just anything that receives its very own category on the App Store from Apple. Now the section includes everything from Frontback to Front Flash, and from huge names such as Snapchat to tiny applications that have barely ever been downloaded. This new mobile apps category is certain to give them an added chance to stand out and define themselves.