So much for an Apple event this month. It appears more likely the company will surprise everyone with refreshed products hitting the Apple Store as early as tomorrow. In fact, the official System Status page declares that the Apple Online Store will be down for maintenance overnight. According to the announcement the store "will be updated and unavailable during this time." Apple has taken the store offline during previous product launches, so what might be in the works this time?
Looking to watch The Walking Dead or The Night Manager on Apple TV? AMC has launched its official tvOS app for the fourth generation set top box. Fans can now stream all of AMC's original series with a TV provider login. In other news, the next Apple Watch could utilize cellular data to gain independence from the iPhone. Speaking of iPhone, demand for the iPhone SE continues to exceed supply. Read on for these stories and more.
For weeks, Apple has offered 2-3 week shipping times on the iPhone SE. The situation continues, with the company trying to meet "very strong" demand according to yesterday's fiscal Q2 earnings call. Although Apple hasn't released sales figures, demand for the updated 4-inch iPhone is higher than anticipated. Apple is working to reduce iPhone SE shipping times, which are currently overnight for the iPhone 6s.
Celebrate Earth Day with Apple's app promotion, then survive a zombie outbreak in Los Angeles with the game Dead Run. In the news this week, some iPhone 7 rumors have been confirmed, including a Smart Connector on the next generation device. The Apple Watch will see an "S" upgrade in the fall, with a complete redesign coming in 2017. Last but not least, find out how to get the most out of your new iPhone SE.
Apple's next move when it comes to wearables has been a hot topic lately. The Apple Watch launched almost a year ago, and most recently received new nylon bands and a price cut to $299. Last week analyst Brian White made waves by claiming the Apple Watch 2 would be revealed at WWDC in June, sporting a 20-40 percent thinner case design. A new research note from KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo throws cold water on this idea.