Apple has finally announced its long-rumored and much awaited smartwatch that the company is simply calling the Apple Watch instead of the rumored iWatch.
The Apple Watch is the first real new product from Apple since 2010’s announcement of the iPad. Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, said about the new device, “Apple Watch is the most personal device we’ve ever created.”
The Apple Watch is a rounded rectangle-faced smartwatch made from a stainless steel case and a sapphire crystal display. Two other models will also be made available – a Sport edition with an aluminum case and a luxury Watch Edition that’s made from an 18-carat gold case. All the models will be available in two sizes and at launch there will be six different kinds of swappable wrist bands made from a variety of materials including leather and stainless steel.
The Apple Watch’s interface, which is a completely different interface than other Apple devices, uses the watch’s side-mount “digital crown” as its main controller akin to the class iPod clickwheel. The “digital crown” will control things like scrolling, and zooming in, among others. The device’s screen is equipped with a Taptic Engine which allows it to detect and differentiate taps and long presses. The device is equipped with both WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity for pairing it with your iPhone which will be required to use most of the watch’s features.
As for the watch’s fitness and health features, the Apple Watch is equipped with multiple sensors that work alongside your iPhone’s GPS to track your health and activities. The sensors include a built-in gyroscope, accelerometer, and a heart rate sensor. Lastly, the device features a few software features including Siri, a remote viewfinder for your iPhone’s camera, a watch-to-watch walkie talkie function, and more.
Apple said that they aren’t done unveiling all of the features of the Apple Watch and that more details will be released as the devices launch early next year comes closer. They did announce that the Apple Watch will be available at a starting price of $349.