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Inside Scoop: Watches and what else to expect from Apple on March 9CNET's Kara Tsuboi and Shara Tibken talk about what news might emerge from Apple's upcoming media event in San Francisco. Price and release-date details on the Apple Watch are a given, but we could also see new Macs and even updated Apple TV hardware.
Hey, everyone. Welcome to the Inside Scoop. I'm CNet's Kara Tsuboi, joined by CNet Writer, Shara Tibken. And here we are San Fransisco, outside the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. This is where the Big Apple event will be held Monday, March 9th. What do we know about this event? Yeah the invite said spring forward which indicates we're gon a hear about the watch. Yeah. Yeah. And what about the watch? Pricing hopefully? Yeah pricing. So in September they showed it off, we got to see what it looks like, they talked a little bit about one of, some of the things it will be able to do but we still need a lot more details. So we know it starts at $349, but it could go up a lot from there.>> Into five digits. I mean $10, 000 possible.>> Yeah. Yeah, yeah,. Some people are talking about that. You know, the gold version is going to be expensive.>> Mm hm. We just don't know quite how expensive.>> [LAUGH] And what about the functionality and apps? Yeah. So, we, we learned a little bit about some of the things that can do, like you can use Apple Pay. You can do health and fitness tracking, you can unlock your hotel room door with the watch. We're gonna learn a lot more about some of the other functionalities. We're hoping to see a lot more third party apps as well, Okay. [CROSSTALK] To some other companies making, making apps for the watch as well. Now, the site's a wash. Are we expecting Apple to release any other product information or news? Apple tends to use these events to talk about at least, a couple of products. So along with the watch, we're probably going to see MAC news. Last fall we had a [INAUDIBLE] of MAC Mini, and the iMac, but the Macbook Air, and the Macbook Pro are probably going to be an update. What kind of updates are what you would expect? The new Intel processor just came out so we're going to at lease see that update.>> Mm hm.>> We also can see things like Touch ID being integrated into the laptop.>> Huh.>> We're also really hoping for a retina display on the Macbook Air. We also could see new Apple TVs. The hardware on the current one is three years old. Since that came out, we've had the Chromecast, the Amazon FireTV. We've seen new Roku sets. So we really need an update from Apple on that. From a product standpoint, it's all about this watch. Yeah. And where do you think this watch will stand as far as the competition goes? And as far as attracting mainstream appeal? You know, a little early to tell. Right? Yeah, yeah. It's a little early to tell, but Apple has such a strong brand. And you know they're going to be marketing it. People are not going to be able to get away from knowing that this exists. [LAUGH]. So people really think that Apple is going to have a better chance than the smart watches we've already seen. There was a report that came out that they'll be the number one smart watch maker this year. Wow. And bumping Samsung to number two. And the release date for this watch still a little unknown but thinking April Yeah, they said it's gonna start shipping in April. We could get a surprise and they could say oh it's actually gonna come in late March. You know, that's something we're just gonna have to wait and see. Wait and see. All right, thank you so much Shar. Be sure to stay tuned to cnet.com for live blogs and all sorts of related news that comes out of Apple's events on Monday. You've been watching the Inside Scoop, I'm Kara Tsuboi, joined by Shar Dickens.