Apple finally unveils much anticipated Apple Watch

Apple has launched its latest genre of consumer gadgets – the Apple Watch (without the “i”). Prices for the wearable device  start from US$349 – early 2015.

Apple Watch is available in three distinct collections — Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.

Apple Watch is available in three distinct collections — Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.

Apple Watch is controlled through a Digital Crown for scrolling, zooming and navigating – without obstructing the display. The Digital Crown also serves as the Home button.

Apple watch with Apple iPhone.

Apple watch with Apple iPhone.

You can use the Apple Watch to send/receive messages and answer calls to your iPhone.

Apple Watch also introduces comprehensive health and fitness apps that can help people lead healthier lives.

Apple Watch uses an iOS-based user interface created specifically for a smaller device.

The Retina display on Apple Watch features Force Touch, a technology that senses the difference between a tap and a press, providing a new way to quickly and easily access controls within apps.

Apple Watch introduces the Taptic Engine and a built-in speaker that together discreetly enable an entirely new vocabulary of alerts and notifications you can both hear and feel.

Apple custom-designed its own S1 SiP (System in Package) to miniaturise an entire computer architecture onto a single chip.

Apple Watch also features Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 4.0 to pair seamlessly with the iPhone.

Apple Watch comes in three distinct collections—Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition—available in two different sizes, 38 mm and 42 mm.

The enclosures are crafted from custom alloys of polished or space black stainless steel, space grey or silver anodised aluminium and 18-karat rose or yellow gold.

Apple Watch

Apple Watch

Apple Watch comes with a charging system that combines Apple’s MagSafe technology with inductive charging for a quick connection that snaps into place.

Apple Watch comes with 11 watch faces ranging from traditional analog faces to new faces like the dynamic Timelapse face; the Astronomy face with its interactive, real-time 3D model of the earth, sun, moon and planets; and the Solar face, a contemporary sundial.

Apple Watch can be personalised in appearance and capability with additional information such as upcoming events, moonphases or your activity level, enabling millions of possible configurations.

Smart Replies and dictation let you respond quickly to messages, and with Handoff, you can start a message on your Apple Watch and continue where you left off on your iPhone.

Swipe up from the watch face for Glances that quickly show you information you care about, such as your current location, stocks or your next meeting.

Pressing the side button brings up Friends, a view of your favourite people, so you can contact them quickly and easily.

Digital Touch allows you to send a sketch, a gentle tap, an audio message through Walkie Talkie or even your own heartbeat.

Apple Watch allows the user to make payments using Apple Pay, board a plane with a Passbook boarding pass, control Apple TV or get directions.

“Apple introduced the world to several category-defining products, the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “And once again Apple is poised to captivate the world with a revolutionary product that can enrich people’s lives. It’s the most personal product we’ve ever made.”

Apple Watch includes an Activity app designed to help motivate you to be more active throughout the day, and an all-new Workout app designed to provide the metrics you need during dedicated workout sessions.

Apple Watch uses the accelerometer, a built-in heart rate sensor, GPS and Wi-Fi from your iPhone to provide a comprehensive picture of your daily activity.

The Activity app measures three separate aspects of movement: calories burned, brisk activity and how often you stand up during the day.

The Workout app provides goal-setting and pacing during popular session-based workouts, such as running and cycling.

“With Apple Watch, we’ve developed multiple technologies and an entirely new user interface specifically for a device that’s designed to be worn. It blurs the boundary between physical object and user interface,” said Jony Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of Design. “We’ve created an entire range of products that enable unparalleled personalisation.”

The companion Fitness app on iPhone collects your activity data so you can see your activity history in greater detail.

Apple Watch uses this history to suggest personal, realistic goals, reward fitness milestones and keep you motivated.

Apple also introduced WatchKit, providing new tools and APIs for developers to create unique experiences designed for the wrist.

With Apple Watch, developers can create WatchKit apps with actionable notifications and Glances that provide timely information.

Starting next year, developers will be able to create fully native apps for Apple Watch.

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