Apple Watch Overview Updated October 24, 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 has today released watchOS 3.1 to the public, the newest operating system release for Apple Watch. watchOS 3.0 introduced many new features for the wearable, but sadly watchOS 3.1 is a much more subdued affair. watchOS 3.1 includes some small changes for Messages — you can now replay bubble and screen effects — as well as several issues related to Timer, Activity and Force Touch. The full release notes are included below. Anecdotally, watchOS 3.1 includes some noticeable improvements to battery life as well as the usual slew of bug fixes.

The release includes a critical fix for Apple Watch Series 2 owners that may have prevented the watch from charging. The update is available for all Apple Watch Series 2, Apple Watch Series 1 and first-generation Apple Watch models.

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A quiet update to Apple’s website earlier revealed that the Apple Watch Nike+ edition would go on sale this Friday, October 28 – and Apple has now further confirmed the date with some additional details.

You’ll naturally be able to buy the special edition Watch at Apple Stores and ‘select’ Nike retail stores, but it will also be available at a number of specialty and department stores. Macy’s is no surprise as the Apple Watch has seen availability there already, but Apple says you’ll also be able to pick up the new Watch at DICK’S Sporting Goods stores …

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In this week’s top stories: What to expect at Apple’s Oct. 27 ‘Hello Again’ Mac event, the latest iOS 10 betas, Jeff gives iOS users 10 handy Safari tips, and much more.  expand full story


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A report from French site Mac4Ever claims that Apple is planning to close a high-profile Apple Watch store-within-a-store in the famous Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris. This is one of three department store initiatives Apple opened for the launch of the Watch back in 2015.

The Apple Watch area in the store is a large one, spanning the width of four full balconies in the upmarket store, sitting alongside fashion brands Chanel and Hermes …

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Apple Watch Stories October 18

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Shortly after the Apple Watch Series 2 release last month, I gave the second-generation version model a fairly detailed review that I was pleased with noting the benefits of GPS and waterproofing like unlocking new workouts and other capabilities. Testing included open water swims, outdoor cycling without iPhone, and battery life observations during regular use. In the month since publishing, I’ve noticed a few things worth following up with…

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