It’s finally here, the long awaited wearable from Apple. My adventures with wearables started and ended with the UP, which I found invaluable until I lost it. Even months later, I still felt like something was missing from my left wrist. Maybe there’s something that’s worth buying to fill that void now? The Apple Watch is available in 3 different flavours and here are the key features for the iWatch:
- Tells the time (always on)
- Counts your steps
- Heart rate sensor
- Crown to control the device
- Messaging between Apple Watch users
- Smart reply to text messages
While this may just be the start for Apple on their wearables adventure, it would be interesting to know what more they could have included. For me, it’s a silent alarm but with the device lasting just a day (overnight charging) that’s not possible in this iteration.
iWatch and iOS
iWatch runs it’s own OS but is built to work with the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhones 5, 5C & 5S. Alongside the new Healthkit app, it will bring your data together and the sport version will help you to lead an active lifestyle with prompts.
Apple Watch, Watch Sport & Watch Edition
The Apple Watch is available in three variations. The Apple Watch has all the features you want, but the Edition means it’s available in either yellow or rose gold. As I mentioned, the sport version is built to help you lead an active lifestyle. With prompts and full tracking of your lifestyle, it certainly looks like it’s going to do the job.
The crown in Apple’s crown
Tim Cook described this as Apple’s next big step and it’s into unfamiliar teritory.
The crown has been a standard feature on watches for more than a century. Our new Digital Crown is a multifunctional input device that lets you zoom, scroll and select without covering the screen. It’s as integral to Apple Watch as the Click Wheel is to iPod. Or the mouse is to Mac.
Their not wrong, the crown is an integral part of analogue watches but has served no other purpose in all it’s existence. It’s used to adjust the date and time but nothing else. Now, thanks to Apple it’s become one of the most important parts of your interaction with the watch.
Apple have priced the the Watch at $349 which equates to just over £200, not unreasonable for a device that can do so much. Rumours before the event were that there would be a $400-500 version and that is probably where the Apple Watch Edition will sit.