Apple latest: Apple Watch to launch in Spring; Bale bails out of Jobs movie; Apple I set for auction

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We bring you today's latest Apple news, featuring the Apple Watch, Steve Jobs, Christian Bale and the Apple I.

Apple Watch to launch in Spring, says retail chief

According to a report from 9to5Mac, Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts revealed in a message to the company's retail employees that the highly-anticipated Apple Watch would be launching in spring of next year.

Ahrendts reportedly said: "So, again, we do - you guys were hired because you're the best people in the world. And you know how to service customers, but we are sprinting a marathon and it's not going to stop. Right? We're going into the holidays, we'll go into Chinese New Year, and then we've got a new watch launch coming in the spring."

It's quite significant news considering Apple has never given a specific release date for the wearable device, only stating that it would be released sometime early in 2015.

It seems Apple's definition of early might be a bit different from everyone else's because you would expect early to represent January, February time. However if spring is the actual release date then that could be anytime between March 1st - May 31st.

Christian Bale won't be playing Steve Jobs in upcoming biopic

The Hollywood Reporter are claiming that high-profile actor Christian Bale has decided to pull out of playing the Apple founder in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic.

According to the report the actor best known for his role as Batman in The Dark Knight has said he is "not right for the part."

It was only last week that Bale was confirmed for the role without even auditioning. This latest revelation will surely be a big blow to Sorkin and award-winning director Danny Boyle.

Fully functioning Apple I estimated to sell for $600,000

An Apple I computer that was personally sold by Steve Jobs is set to go on sale at a Christie's auction house this December, according to Reuters.

The Apple I was the technology company's first ever personal computer and was hand built by co-founder Steve Wozniak in the garage of Jobs' parents.

The estimated sale price of $600,000 should be the absolute minimum the antique computer pulls at auction. Only 200 of the super-rare machine were ever made and the record sale price of an Apple I at auction is $904,000.

Steve Jobs memorial removed in Russia following Tim Cook gay admission

A memorial statue to the late Steve Jobs has been taken down in the Russian city of St Petersburg after current Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed he was gay.

Cook came out publicly last Thursday in an effort to help move forward gay and civil rights. The following day the Jobs statue, which was erected in 2013, was taken down in order to fall inline with the combating gay propaganda law.

ITV quoted ZEFS, the company who built and then removed the structure, as saying: "In Russia, gay propaganda and other sexual perversions among minors are prohibited by law.

"After Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly called for sodomy, the monument was taken down to abide to the Russian federal law protecting children from information promoting denial of traditional family values."