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.
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