Apple Watch Overview Updated July 21, 2016

Apple Watch

Apple’s first entry into the wearable market is Apple Watch ($349 and up), a smartwatch that pairs with the iPhone and sports an all-new user interface. Users can choose between numerous watch faces that will display whenever the watch is lifted upwards for viewing, access a Home screen full of apps, and see notifications pushed from the iPhone. 38mm and 42mm versions are available to accommodate different wrist sizes, the latter at higher prices.

A traditional watch dial on the side of the device has been repurposed as a Digital Crown, allowing you to scroll, zoom, and navigate through apps without covering the display. Light and heavy “Force Touch” inputs are sensed by the Retina display, and the Watch includes haptic feedback capabilities via a “Taptic Engine.” An inductive wireless charging solution based on MagSafe will recharge the watch every night.

The Apple Watch is designed to interact with an iPhone, running light apps that depend upon the iPhone for data, as well as playing standalone content stored on the Watch itself. For instance, you can play back music from a small on-Watch library, favorite iCloud-stored photos to make them available to view on the Apple Watch, and access the iPhone’s GPS for Watch screen navigation. Navigation includes walking directions that use haptic feedback to notify users for turn-by-turn directions.

Apple Watch includes a collection of sensors that can measure your pulse and other health data, plus fitness apps that can share data with the Health app in iOS 8. Also, the haptic feedback and biometric sensors allow for interesting new messaging features that let users tap and draw to communicate; users can record and send their heartbeats to one another.

There are three families to choose from: Apple Watch Sport ($349-$399), Apple Watch ($549-$1,099), and Apple Watch Edition ($10,000-$17,000). Apple Watch Sport models are made from aluminum, glass, and plastic, lower-priced models designed both for athletic and daily use. The step-up Apple Watch is made from stainless steel and sapphire, with plastic, leather or steel bands, varied in suitability and fashion to suit different daily, evening, and athletic purposes. Last but not least, Apple Watch Edition features 18k gold, sapphire, and a choice of plastic or leather bands with gold accents. Each Apple Watch works with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5.

Check out many of our top stories on the Apple Watch below:

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Apple Watch Stories July 21

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Apple will be offering a limited-edition set of Apple Watch bands for the 2016 Olympics. As reported by GQ, Apple will begin selling Apple Watch bands that depict the flags of 14 different countries when the games kick-off in August.

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Apple Watch Stories July 18

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Apple has begun rolling out the third watchOS 3 beta to developers today. Those looking to update can head to the Watch app on their iPhones, select General and Software Update. watchOS 3 beta 3 is available to download as a Configuration Profile from the Apple developer center for newer users looking to test out the upcoming system. Release notes are not yet available, but should be up soon.

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Apple Watch Stories July 14

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Reports from local French newspaper Le Dauphiné Libéré (via claim Apple has signed contracts to open a new R&D lab in Grenoble, France focusing on imaging technologies.

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Apple Watch Stories July 7

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Apple Watch Stories June 30

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Fitness tracking with the Apple Watch really kicked in for me a few months ago, and now I’m obsessed with filling the Activity rings and improving my health. So when I woke up Tuesday morning and discovered what looked like a small blotch of blue ink under the glass of my Apple Watch, I sort of freaked out. I have a Move streak going and just a few days left before the Perfect Month achievement in the Activity app kicks in, so I really didn’t want to go a day without my Apple Watch.

Apple Stores still don’t swap out Apple Watches on location even with AppleCare; unlike iPhones, every Apple Watch has to be mailed off for repair or replacement. Thanks to some helpful chat support and AppleCare+, however, I learned a few things and managed not to wreck my streak…

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