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Apple Daily: Over 1,000 Apple Watch Apps; 8K iMac This Year?

In today’s Apple Daily, Apple reveals that developers have responded enthusiastically to the Apple Watch. In other news, LG may have let slip an announcement of an 8K resolution iMac from Apple long before the company wanted anyone to know about it.

Tim Cook: Over 1,000 Apps Submitted for Apple Watch

Just a few days ahead of April 10, the day when Apple Watch pre-orders are expected to go live, Apple CEO Tim Cook sent out an e-mail to employees this morning revealing that over 1,000 apps were submitted for the device mere days after Apple started accepting them.

In addition, he noted that Apple employees who wish to get their own units can get most versions for 50 percent off their regular prices. According to information apparently obtained from AppleWeb, Apple’s inside support website, employees can also get 0 off the price of the mega-expensive gold Apple Watch Edition.

The information was passed along from internal employees to sources at 9to5Mac, which has reproduced the content of the 336-word memo in full.

“Some of the most innovative developers in the world are working on new experiences designed specifically for Apple Watch,” Cook said regarding apps for the upcoming device. “More than one thousand apps were submitted in just four days last week when the App Store started accepting them, and the rate of submissions has only been climbing since then.”


LG Display: Apple ‘Will Release’ 8K Resolution iMac

The 5K Retina iMac has been out for less than a year, but according to a new information doc from LG Display, Apple might be already to trump it. The document was meant to play up to potential of 8K (or, more specifically, 7,680 by 4,320) screens, and nestled in the information about who’s on board with the tech is a reference to Apple, who has supposedly already “announced” an upcoming 8K screen.

Based on public sources, at least, Apple hasn’t. Most innocently, the reference in the LG doc could be a mistake, but if you want to indulge in rumors and theories, it’s possible it’s one of those insider knowledge things that managed to slip through the cracks. There’s an element of possibility in this in that LG has supplied Apple with displays for years. The information also doesn’t come from some obscure rumor blog; this is a major manufacturer printing information that’s expected to go out to thousands of potential buyers. Specifically, the excerpt reads:

“It has become clear that Japan is planning to launch an 8K SHV test broadcast and then promptly restructure the UHD service. Apple has also announced that they will release the ‘iMac 8K’ with a super-high resolution display later this year. Korea is also preparing to offer an 8K service demonstration at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. LG Display displayed a new beacon of the 8K era by revealing their 98-inch 8K Color Prime Ultra HDTV at CES 2015.”

The page, tellingly, has been taken down since this morning, when it attracted the attention of several sites. It’s still available in its original form on the Internet Archive’s WaybackMachine, though, so you can check it out here.

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