Everything you need to know about the new Apple Watch.
For a long time now, there have been rumors that Apple would come out with a smartwatch of their own. On Tuesday, September 9, 2014, Apple did just that as they announced their new Apple Watch at the September event held in the Flint Center, Cupertino.
This is the first new product that Apple has launched since the iPad was launched about 4 and a half years ago. The new wearable will be not be available in markets until early 2015. The Apple Watch will start at $349.
Here, we deconstruct the Apple Watch and tell you how you can use it and what for.
Chapter 1: Release date and Price
The smartwatch will debut in the markets early in 2015 and will start at $349.
Chapter 2: Choices
The Apple Watch will come in 3 editions: The regular Watch, Watch Sport and Watch Edition. The Watch Sport will be made light and durable, while the Watch Edition will be made from 18k gold. The watch will also come in two sizes – 1.5 and 1.65 inches.
Chapter 3: New communication
With the new Apple wearable, you can now send your heartbeat – measured by the device – to another user. A ‘digital touch’ system now makes it possible to draw small pictures to be sent to other Apple Watch users. A Walkie-talkie system lets two users talk through the smartwatch. Along with this, it will also have Siri.
Chapter 4: Health
The highlight of the Apple Watch is its fitness and health monitoring feature. Apple is calling the smartwatch a “comprehensive health and fitness device.” The wearable can track the number of steps you climbed, the number of calories you burned, your heartbeat and the amount of activity you have done all day.
Chapter 5: Apple Pay
The Apple Watch will have NFC capabilities that will enable it to run Apple’s new Apple Pay. You can make payments for various things online or in stores through Apple Pay.
Chapter 6: Applications
Apple has already teamed up with some companies that will be running applications on the Apple Watch. Some of these companies include Nike, Starwood Hotels, Facebook and Twitter. An app that is being developed by Starwood Hotels will enable users to lock/unlock their hotel room door with their Apple Watch.
Chapter 7: Time
We finally come to the main and most core function of a watch – telling time. The Apple Watch has a customizable clock that can be personalized. The timepiece will be accurate within 50 milliseconds and will have a universal clock in it.
At the event on Tuesday morning, Apple also launched the latest edition of their flagship phone – the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will debut in the first batch of countries on September 19, 2014. The new iPhone will be running the newly launched iOS 8 and the device can be preordered on September 12, 2014.