On September 9, Apple unveiled the long-anticipated Apple Watch, to be released in early 2015. It will be available in three designs – Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition, starting at $349 presumably for the Sport version.
As demonstrated, it is clearly the most advanced and innovative smart watch, featuring a reimagined iOS Multi-Touch interface and a Digital Crown for scrolling and navigation. Beyond technical features, Apple has endeavored to make the watch very fashionable through customizable watch faces, numerous practical and elegant interchangeable bands, and a choice between 38mm and 42mm case sizes.
The watch has health and fitness apps, a walkie-talkie, and Siri along with standard iOS apps like Calendar, Messages, Mail, and Phone. Users can send sketches to other Apple Watch users, as well as taps and heartbeats that will be subtly felt by the recipient. Apple’s new, secure payment system Apple Pay is included.
There is potential for improvement and new innovations, especially in the area of health-related sensors that appear to be absent in this initial release. It is unclear if the watch will sync with a Mac in addition to a required iPhone 5 or newer. Developers will likely create many compelling apps for this new platform.
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