The long rumoured smartwatch from Apple has been announced today. It isn’t called an iWatch, rather it is called Apple Watch, which actually uses the Apple Symbol () followed by ‘Watch’ in its name.
Apple Watch has been designed to be both fashionable and functional. It will be available in lots of different colours and materials with six different watch straps that are easily changeable. The price of the smartwatch starts at $349 and will ship early 2015.
There will be six different Watch face colours and materials: Stainless Steel, Silver Aluminium, 18-Karat Yellow Gold, Space Black Stainless Steel, Space Gray Aluminium, and 18-Karat Rose Gold.
Apple Watches are highly customisable with an array of different digital watch faces to suit different tastes. Each of the watches is available in two different screen sizes for different sized wrists: 38 mm and 42 mm. The display of the watch is flexible, durable Sapphire display.
The Apple Watch uses unique input methods, which takes advantage of the traditional watch dial or crown, refered as “digital crown” by Apple. This scroll-type wheel allows users to zoom and scroll through various user interface elements.
The smartwatch takes advantage of new pressure-sensing technology and is able to determine the difference between a tap and a press, allowing for a new range of contextually specific controls. A second physical button next to the digital crown lets users tap to bring up a list of contacts and then communicate with friends by sending quick drawings, messages, and animated emoji. It’s also possible to send a heart beat, drawn from the watch’s sensor.
The smartwatch houses a custom designed chip, the S1 processor, which integrates many subsystems into one singular module. The back side of the watch has been constructed by zirconia with four sapphire lenses which can detect pulse rate. There is also a gyroscope and accelerometer, which will help the Apple Watch provide a comprehensive picture of daily activity. It has a new Taptic Engine which allows users to hear and feel the design of the user interface.
The device uses a MagSafe with inductive charging which is located at the back side. The user need not worry about the exposed contacts or aligning the charger properly.
The Apple Watch will support third-party apps, with support for both extended notifications from the iPhone and apps that run directly on the device. The Watch does rely heavily on the iPhone and does not function as a separate device.
The smartwatch will be available starting at $349 in early 2015. Apple also launched the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus today.