It was rumored, and then finally confirmed! Meet Apple’s first wearable, the Apple Watch.
Coming in two screen sizes and three different variants, the Apple Watch will cater to each user with the Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition. They’re basically all the same, with just different materials used for each (aluminum, gold and pink gold). It also comes in a variety of wrist strap options made for men and women.
Emulating the function of the ClickWheel that was the prominent feature on the iPod, the Apple Watch will also have the same function by using the watch’s crown. You twist it to zoom in and zoom out while, pressing it will take you back when navigating it. This eliminated the need for you touch the screen of the watch. There is also an extra button located below the crown that instantly brings up a list of your most recent contacts. From there you can small sketches and images.
The square-shaped screen can sense force, much like the iPhone and iPad screen. At the rear is crystal LEDs that effectively measure heart rate that of course adds a fitness touch to the watch. Additionally, a magnet will instantly attach the charger at the back, much like how the MagSafe adapters on MacBooks work.
You would need an iPhone (no surprise there) to use the Apple Watch. It also a vibrating motors that will alert you of any notifications, and it will also support haptic feedback. The health-tracking capabilities will work seamlessly with iOS 8’s Heath app. Siri is also built-into the watch.
Prices start at $350 and is scheduled to be available early next year. From the looks of it, Apple is getting pretty competitive with the smartwatch market. Time will tell if it can achieve success especially when smartwatches have been available for a couple of years now.
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