If you're a dual Apple and Modern Family fan, be sure to tune into the show on February 25 to see an episode that was filmed entirely with iPhones and iPads. In other news, Apple reportedly ordered between five and six million Apple Watches in preparation for the device's upcoming launch.
Apple Reportedly Orders 5-6 Million Apple Watches for Launch
The Wall Street Journal claims to know the number of Apple Watches the Cupertino company is ordering in preparation for its April launch date, and it's big. According to its sources, Apple has already ordered between five and six million units of the highly anticipated piece of wearable tech, which makes some sense for a new product category. The iPad, for instance, sold 7.5 million units within the first six months after its initial launch.
Keep in mind that this isn't a straight launch of a product as with the case of the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, as the Apple Watch will come in three varieties with widely varying price points. It's currently thought that around half of the ordered devices will be of the lower-cost sport variety, a third will be the mid-range, and the luxurious models (including the 18-karat gold versions) will account for the rest.
If the overall number sounds small, here's another figure for perspective: Google only shipped 720,000 of its Android Wear smartwatches in the last half of 2014.
Upcoming 'Modern Family' Episode Filmed Entirely with Apple Products
Apple products are a common sight on television and in movies these days, but it may be a while before we see iPhones and Macs given the treatment they'll get in the February 25 episode of Modern Family. As reported by The New York Times, the entire episode will take place on a MacBook screen, and all of the camera work was shot with an iPhone 6, an iPad Air 2, and, briefly, a MacBook Pro.
The episode, which centers on one family member's attempt to contact another, was in production long before OS X Yosemite was released to the public, which meant the production crew had to deal with constant beta changes such as new sounds for FaceTime notifications.
Initially the production team tried to get the actors themselves to hold the phones much as they would in real life, but the resulting shots apparently left much to be desired. The production team reportedly fixed the situation by letting the standard camera crew hold the devices while the actors held their arms to simulate traditional use.
Macworld Editor Chris Breen Leaves Journalism for Apple
MacWorld may have indefinitely canceled its famous expo and produced its last print issue last year, but happily senior editor Chris Breen has found a new home after the shuffle — at Apple, that is. In his Mac 911 column today, Breen announced that he was leaving behind his decades of experience in journalism and "making a career change and heading off to a fruit-flavored tech company sandwiched between Santa Clara and Sunnyvale."
Breen followed up with a post on his personal webpage thanking everyone who'd helped him during his many years as a writer. Interestingly enough, Breen isn't the first journalist to be pulled away from the field in favor of working for the Cupertino company; last August, Anandtech's Anand Shimpi headed to One Infinite Loop as well.