Apple opens new front in the battle of smartwatch segment with its first Watch.
With the launch of the Apple Watch, the Cupertino has attempted to shake off long-running criticism that it has been keeping itself away from competition over wearable devices. The timepiece is slated to go on sale early next year for $349, but the technological limitations of Apple’s device raise questions as to whether the smartwatch segment will take off with consumers.
“Apple Watch is the most personal device we’ve ever created,” said Tim Cook, during the iPhone 6 Keynote. “An entirely new product. We believe this product will redefine what people expect from its category.”
The Apple Watch, which is available in two different sizes, 38mm and 42mm, has a square Retina display with curved down edges, Custom-designed S1 SiP chip, built-in speaker, and supports for Apple Pay and Siri.
Among noteworthy features, the Watch introduces the Digital Crown, which helps you swipe-to-pan things graciously, without obstructing the display.
The “one more thing” from the Cupertino has three versions, “Apple Watch, with a polished or space black stainless steel case and a choice of straps; Apple Watch Sport, with a space gray or silver anodized aluminum case and Sport Band; and Apple Watch Edition, with an 18-karat rose or yellow gold.”
Besides, the iPhone maker offers a range of watch straps that “include the Sport Band in black, blue, green, pink and white; the Classic Buckle in black and midnight blue; the Leather Loop in bright blue, light brown and stone; the Modern Buckle in midnight blue, brown, soft pink, rose gray and bright red; the Milanese Loop in stainless steel; and the Link Bracelet in brushed stainless steel and polished space black.”
Being a health and fitness wearable, it comes with two pre-installed apps, Fitness and Workout and along with some sensors on the bottom including accelerometer and a heart rate sensor. In other features, it packs Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 4.0, and MagSafe with inductive charging. Like other smartwatches, the wrist is connected to your iPhone using Bluetooth 4.0.
In addition, Apple has also delivered an unprecedented opportunities for developers. The dev community can extend their experiences as actionable notifications and glances using new APIs and tools called “WatchKit.”
The Apple Watch will be available in early 2015 starting at $349 and work with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, and iPhone 5S running the latest version of iOS 8.