Apple started the anticipated reveal of the Apple Watch with the infamous Apple line “One more thing…” and then there it was – the Apple Watch (not the iWatch as leaks were rumoring).
The device is sleek and beautiful and may just have gone beyond expectations. Sadly however, the biggest downfall is that it has to work with the iPhone and cannot be used independently. I would have gotten it if it could have been used just by itself!
The Apple Watch is made up of a variety of materials depending to the type you like – users can get the 18-karat gold, aluminium or stainless steel versions. Along with that, you have a large option of face designs made available to follow your mood. On top of that, you can make the Apple Watch even more personal with the band selection you want that range from a sporty plastic band, to a classic leather band and a sleek metal band.
The Apple Watch is equipped with a flexible Retina-quality sapphire display that senses touch and force. Navigation is mainly done by the Digital Crown on the side of the device. Tapping on the crown will allow to access the list of apps you would like to launch.
Internal mechanisms of the watch include an array of LEDs and photodetectors that measure heart beats and this feature is linked to the soon-to-unveiled iOS 8 Health app. With these, users can monitor their physical health.
Looking at a software stand point, Apple infamous apps such as Siri, Photos, and Maps, all available with the Apple Watch. Expect the selection to grow as third party developers start getting involved. With Apple’s release of the WatchKit SDK, we’re looking to see many different type of apps being developed to enhance the consumer experience of the Apple Watch.
There are three Apple Watch configurations available the Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition. The 18-karat gold version is Edition, Sport gets a lightweight aluminum body, and the plain old Watch is the steel option.
There are also two sizes of the Apple Watch – a 38mm case and a 42mm case. Price for the Apple Watch starts at $350 and sale will only start next year with compatibility starting down from iPhone 5.
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