Last March 9, Apple finally launched their much-anticipated wearable, the Apple Watch. The event happened in San Francisco, calling the new device a “revolution” when it comes to consumer gadgets and wearables. Apple Watch’s products are set to be released on April 24. Apple will begin taking pre-orders beginning April 10.
The Apple Watch can by synced to the iPhone, and is also Apple’s very first product in a new category since they started producing their iPad tablets back in 2010. Apple CEO Tim Cook has stated that the Apple Watch is the company’s most personal device ever created so far. There are three versions to choose from – First is the durable Apple Watch Sport, the regular Apple Watch, and finally, the classy and sophisticated Apple Watch Edition, whose strap is made from 18-karat rose or yellow gold. The Apple Watch also has 11 different faces, and comes in two sizes – 42 mm, and 38 mm.
The Apple Watch Sport starts at a price of $349 for the 38 mm version, while the 42 mm version is priced at $399. The Apple Watch’s price starts at $549 and $1,049, depending on the watchband. And the expensive Apple Watch Edition is priced at $10,000, with the device only being available in limited quantities, according to Cook. He also calls the Apple Watch Edition the ‘most beautiful expression of the Apple Watch’.
The Apple Watch’s touchscreen boasts a number of good features, ranging from messaging, to health and fitness apps, to making mobile payments. The display is activated when you tap your screen. Swiping brings in Glances, also known as the mini apps that inform you about things that you want to know, from the current location of your Uber taxi, to stock info, to the current weather.
Since the Apple Watch can be synched to the iPhone, instead of working as a standalone device, Apple has gained a strong foothold in the competition, where nearly each new gadget is utilizing the Android operating system. Its Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities allow users to partner their iPhones to their Apple Watches, tying them even closer to the company.
Some of the Apple Watch’s familiar features are a music player, a heart-rate measurement/fitness tracker, and a communications device that can receive and send messages, as well as audio recordings and calls. It also serves as a handheld portal to other apps. Aside from this, users can even make payments using Apple Pay, and even control their Apple TV.