SAN FRANCISCO (CNNMoney) – Monday, Apple announced new product updates at a town-hall meeting in Cupertino, California. There were also announcements about the company’s advances to help initiatives in health and renewable energy .
The product updates include new bands for the Apple Watch, a smaller iPhone and smaller iPad Pro, plus upgrades to other items and iOS 9.3.
We posted updates in a live blog below. It is now archived.
Apple will mark its 40th birthday on April 1, 2016.
More than 1 billion Apple devices in use around the world, said Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Cook: The iPhone is a very personal device. “We need to decide as a national how much power the government should have over our own privacy.”
Cook: “I’ve been humbled and deeply grateful for the outpouring of support I’ve received from Americans all over the country. We believe strongly we have a responsibility to protect your data and protect your privacy. We owe it to our customers and we owe it to our country. This is an issue that impacts all of us and we will not shrink from this responsibility.”
Apple announcing new initiatives to protect the environment. Says 93% of its facilities worldwide run on renewable energy. Says it is 100% using renewable energy for its facilities, stores in 23 countries, including U.S. and China.
Lisa Jackson oversees Apple’s efforts to minimize its impact on the environment by addressing climate change through renewable energy and energy efficiency. She is the former head of the EPA.
Jackson now talking about Recycling and Reuse of products. Describes Liam, an Apple robot that dismantles phones and recycles various parts of them for new use. Says ‘Apple Renew’ program will allow people to recycle iPhones in stores but you can still keep your sensitive information.
Tim Cook, CEO, back on stage to talk about new Health initiatives. Invites Jeff Williams to stage. He’s detailing ResearchKit, announced last year, and what advances have been made from that.
Williams discussing how ResearchKit helped in a Parkinson’s study. Could help show changes in the person after a certain type of medicine, and whether or not it was effective.
“We think empowering people with data about their health is incredibly important.”
Williams announces CareKit, a framework to build apps that allow people to take a more active role in their care. First one being released is for Parkinson’s. Six institutions will use this app to communicate with their patients to better manage their care.
Cook now talking about Apple TV – “Apps are the future of television,” he said.
Cook detailing samples of some of the apps for movies, TV, health, ordering food and more. Also discussing Siri’s role to help search these apps.
These updates are available for free, for Apple TV, beginning today.
iOS update – Apple has been testing iOS 9.3 – one feature is ‘night shift’ which dims the light on your screen when you are viewing at night.
New ‘Notes’ app – will be password-protected. Health app will also bring in more data from other fitness apps.
Discussing CarPlay, Education apps of iOS 9.3 Available as a free update today.
New member of iPad Pro family is coming. 9.7 inch retina display, smaller than other one. Less than 1 lb.
More than 600 million PC’s in use today that are more than 5 years old. “These people could really benefit from an iPad Pro” – as a PC replacement, Apple representative says.