Apple unveiled its much-anticipated Apple Watch on Tuesday (September 9th, 2014), packed with both function and a sleek design. More like a watch than some of its competitors, Apple’s version of the smartwatch is much less bulky than some of its closest competition.
The Apple Watch has three different versions. The first is the regular Watch. There’s also the Watch Edition, which is 18k gold, and the Watch Sport, which is said to be durable and light. It comes in two face sizes, either 1.5 inches or 1.65 inches, though not specifically designated as for women or men. In addition, the Apple Watch comes with a choice of straps, from dressy to more sporty designs. As well, the watch faces are customizable.
Apart from the design, is the function of the Apple Watch. It only works if you have an iPhone. If you have a more recent model phone, you probably won’t need to upgrade, though. Along with the iPhone 6, the Apple Watch also works with the iPhone 5.
It’s not just the design of the watch that is a differentiator. An interface allows users to take control of the watch without needing to try to navigate the small touchscreen with their fingers.
In addition, a digital touch system allows users to draw pictures, and then send them to friends. Like a walkie-talkie, you can also communicate with others wearing the Apple Watch, and it has its own animated emojis system.
Other features include the ability to use the new Apple Pay function from your Apple Watch, as well as serving as a fitness device. The watch can track your heartbeat, count your steps and how many calories you’ve burned, and even suggest personalized fitness goals for you. The watch works with the iPhone fitness app for long-term fitness goals.
Already, the Apple Watch can show Facebook updates, tell you where you left your BMW and there’s even an app in the works to help you unlock your hotel room if you stay in a Starwood Hotel. Just like your iPhone, the Apple Watch also works with Siri. Unlike previous gadgets, though, the Apple Watch works by feel, or vibration. For example, if you’re following directions, instead of looking at the screen or listening to Siri’s voice, you will get different vibrations letting you know whether to turn left or right.
Finally, Apple boasts their version of the smartwatch has some of the most advanced timekeeping capabilities, said to be accurate within 50 milliseconds.
The Apple Watch will be on the market starting in early 2015. Prices start at $349.