Apple Watch Announced!
I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of Apple Watch by now – news sprung like popcorns when it was just announced. First off, wearables is not something new. Google has announced their wearables six months before the wearables race – which were so called the basic reference models that were from Samsung as well as LG. They weren’t really exciting for the users.
Moto 360 by Motorola, sparked more interest as it has much sleeker design. Recently, many giants have been trying to dip their hands into the race. LG, Asus, Sony, and even Huawei has their own version of wearables. You can see smartwatches offers notifications, have health trackers, able to take calls, and of course the basic function of a watch: tells time.
Now, it’s Apple’s time to join the crowd. Apple offers three varities of their version of smartwatch: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition. The band configurations varies as well. All of the variants will have two sizes: 38mm and 42mm. The smaller version is to accommodate to women or those with smaller wrist. This allows for customization as well.
The mechanical crown at the side of the watch is able to be rotated to navigate the installed apps on the phone. The smartwatch will be able to differentiate between hard press and simple tap. Voice commands will be available on the phone as well, thanks to Siri.
One difference from Android Wear and the Apple Watch is that Apple Watch will allow users to receive calls, as they will have the built-in mic and the speaker within. This is not something new, however, as Samsung’s Gear series has the same function.
There weren’t much talks on the battery life during the announcement, however. During the press event, though, Apple confirmed that Apple Watch will be expected to last about 18 hours every day. It’s rather solid for everyday use.
Apple staple apps like Apple Pay and Passbook will also be available through the watch. Activity trackers and health related apps are said to be available for the smartwatch. Twitter, MLB at Bat, American Airlines, Salesforce Wave, WeChat, Instagram, Uber, and Alarm.com are a few of third party apps that will be available.
Price wise, Apple Watch Sport will abe about US$349 (MYR1290) for the 38mm version and US$399 (MYR1470) for the 42mm version. Apple Watch with steel straps will be more expensive: from about US$549 to $1,049 (MYR2,025 to MYR 3870) for the 38mm, and $599 to $1,099 (MYR 2,210 to MYR 4,054) for the 42mm. Now for Apple Watch Edition, prices will start from US$10,000 (MYR36,900)! The price range for Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport edition alone is already much more expensive than what other Android Wear devices that you can find in the market, let alone Apple Edition. The maximum price tag for the phone, as Apple announced, is US$17,000 (MYR62,721).
Unless you’re filthy rich and is amongst the 1% of the world’s top earners, I don’t believe anyone would actually afford them. They literally cost you an arm and a leg. As prices vary with the different bands or materials you choose, here are some of the combinations that will cost you US$17,000 (MYR62,721):
For those who can afford them, you have my respect. Otherwise, those who would like to own them: better save up now!