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Apple Watch: Everything You Need To Know

With Apple all but confirming the launch of its Apple Watch at next week’s “Spring Forward” event at the Yerba Center, we’ve rounded up all the rumors and news that you need to know before the event.

 

The Apple Watch was unveiled in September, 2014 during Apple’s annual iPhone event. Set for a release date in spring 2015, we later learned via Tim Cook that it would be coming in April of 2015 and will start at $349.

 

What We Know

Design

  • • The Apple watch will come in 2 sizes – a 38mm case and a 42mm case with six different casing material options with six interchangeable band options.

  • • The watch is separated into three categories – Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition (made from 18-karat gold)

  • • It will be available with either a sapphire display or an ion-strengthened display that will protect an HD Retina screen.

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Features

  • • The “Digital Crown” on the right side of the watch will allow users to zoom, scroll and select elements. It will also serve as the “Home” button.

  • • An NFC chip will allow it to use Apple Pay.

  • • It has several sensors that measure things like pulse rate, steps taken and calories burned. The data is visualized through fitness apps that come with the watch.

  • • The watch is a “Taptic Engine” that delivers subtle and tactile vibrations to the users for notifications.

  • • It will use inductive charging with a Magsafe magnetic charger.

  • • A large variety of watch faces with several customization options,  letting users make their Apple Watch unique.

 

Software

  • • The Apple Watch features a new, custom OS that is derived from iOS.

  • • It will use digital touch that users can use to send each other drawings, text, tap or audio messages.

  • • Users can also share their heartbeat using the built-in heart rate sensor.

  • • There will be 2 separate fitness apps that will come built into the Apple Watch.

  • • It will include Siri – which users can use to perform tasks through their iPhone.

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What We Don’t Know

Pricing

While we know that the watch will start at $349, there is very little information about how much actual versions will cost – with some predicting that the gold Apple Watch could sell for $10,000 or more.

 

Battery Life

There was no mention of battery life when Apple announced the watch in September and little has changed on that front. Rumors suggest that it will last “about a day”, but its impossible to know for sure.

So there you have it, your one stop article for getting all the up-to-date news and rumors about the Apple Watch. Remember that the Apple Watch is not a standalone device and will require an iPhone to function (sorry Android users).

 

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