Today, Apple sent out invites to a media event it plans to host on March 9 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The event starts at 10am and is rumored to be the showcase of the Apple Watch, which only makes sense given the emails tagline, “Spring forward,” referencing the Daylight Savings Time switch that occurs March 8th.
In the companies earnings call earlier this month, CEO Tim Cook noted that Apple plans to launch its smart watch in April after the device was not ready for production at it’s last event in which Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Apple has also reportedly been inviting Apple Watch application developers to its headquarters in Cupertino to help prepare them for the device launch. Given all these, what some would call “coincidences,” it’s pretty clear that the event is all about the new wearable that everyone has been waiting for.
The Apple Watch has three product lines, each with a variety of options: the Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition. The price for the Apple Watch will start at $349 for the sport model with further pricing yet to be released about the other devices.
This Apple event is being announced just a few days after smart watchmaker Pebble Technology started it crowd funding campaign for its new watch, Pebble Time. Their Kickstarter event that started Tuesday was fully funded, reaching its $500,000 goal in just 32 minutes. The company as of today has raised over $10.7 million in, with over 49,000 backers, to help it compete in the space with Apple and other technology companies getting into wearables.