After much anticipation, we all witnessed the launch of the iPhone 6 just a few days back, and they even had one more surprise in store. It seems Apple has finally made the leap into the wearable technology market by launching their very own Apple Watch. The watch will be available in three different versions, the stainless steel watch, aluminum watch Sport and 18kt gold Apple Watch edition.
If you watched the launch or saw the pictures online, you already know how sophisticated and attractive the Apple Watch is. The device is protected with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and features a curved touchscreen display. It is beautifully finished with a highly polished space black stainless steel case. Similar to normal watches, the Apple Watch has a button on the side of the dial that they call the ‘digital crown’. The crown allows you to navigate through the watch seamlessly, as well as functioning as the home button. Don’t like the strap, no worries. Six different straps will also be available, each with a quick-remove clasp.
“Apple introduced the world to several category-defining products, the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad,” says Apple CEO Tim Cook in a press release. “And once again Apple is poised to captivate the world with a revolutionary product that can enrich people’s lives. It’s the most personal product we’ve ever made.”
Apple Watch features
Apple has also launched their groundbreaking healthkit platform with iOS8, so it’s only right that the Apple Watch has health and fitness capabilities. By using built-in sensors, the Apple Watch can track your movement, heart rate and activity. The data downloads directly on to Apple’s health app for review and analysis. Not only does it measure your heart rate, the watch also counts your steps and how many calories you’ve burned, which is a great feature that allows you to keep track of your long-term fitness goals.
I think one of the best features I appreciate is the wireless charging with the use of an inductive charging pad that connects magnetically to the back of the watch. Along with its health and fitness capabilities, the Apple watch is set up to take messages, emails, directions, and they have also included our friendly companion, Siri. If you watched the launch, you would have also seen another cool feature that allows you to draw to your friends using the new digital touch system for quick communication.
“We’ve set up to make the best watch in the world. One that is precise. It’s synced with a universal time standard,” says Tim Cook.
If there is one thing that could jeopardise how many Apple Watch are sold, is the fact that you have to be connected to an iPhone to use it. The Gear S, one of the watches out of many developed by Samsung will be released in October. And, unlike the Apple Watch, the Gear S will be equipped with 3G connectivity; thus acting as a separate device, which allows you to make and receive calls.
It’s worth the wait
We are all eagerly awaiting the release of the Apple Watch, though no exact date has been set. The expected retail price of the Apple Watch will be starting at $349, and we won’t expect to see it on the market until early 2015. Until then we’ll just rely on Tim Cook’s promise, “it’s worth the wait.”