All You Need to Know about the Apple Watch

The New Apple Watch
The New Apple Watch – Sport(L), Edition(C), and Steel(R)

When Tim Cook said those three words – “One More Thing” – at Apple’s November launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, he lifted the veil of the prototype of Apple’s most personal device till date – The Apple Watch. Fast forward a few months, and yesterday at WWDC, he finally removed the prototype  tag from the Apple Watch and made the rest of the smartwatch market turn green in envy.

Apple announced three variants of the Watch – the entry level Apple Watch Sport, the high end Apple Watch and the extreme High End Apple Watch Edition, all of which come in two different sizes, 38 mm and 42 mm.

The casing for the Apple Watch Sport is made from anodized aluminium and the face is protected by strengthened ionX glass
The casing for the Apple Watch Sport is made from anodized aluminium and the face is protected by Apple’s patented strengthened Ion-X glass

The entry level Apple Watch Sport starts at $350(approx 22,000 rupees) and the pricing goes up to $400(approx 25,100 rupees) and features a lightweight frame made from anodized aluminum which comes in two colors – silver and space gray. The display conforms to Apple’s Retina standards and is protected by Apple’s patented lightweight and strengthened Ion-X glass. The band is made from fluoroelastomer band which comes in 5 colors.

The Apple Watch
The stainless steel casing for the Apple Watch is strengthened by almost 80% through a specialized cold forging process.

The Apple Watch collection features cases in either highly polished stainless steel or a space black stainless steel. The Retina display is protected by sapphire crystal. The Apple Watch collection comes with a choice of three different leather straps, a stainless steel link bracelet and Milanese loop, and a black or white Sport Band. Pricing ranges from $549(approx 34,400 rupees)to $1,099 (approx 69,000 rupees.)

The Apple Watch Edition features cases specially crafted from custom rose or yellow 18-karat gold alloys developed to be twice as hard as standard gold
The Apple Watch Edition features cases specially crafted from custom rose or yellow 18-karat gold alloys developed to be twice as hard as standard gold

The Apple watch Edition is aimed at the super luxury market and with cases specially crafted from custom rose or yellow 18-karat gold alloys developed to be twice as hard as standard gold, a Retina display protected by polished sapphire crystal and a choice of uniquely designed straps and bands with 18-karat gold clasps, buckles or pins. The Apple Watch Edition starts at $10,000(approx 6.27 lakh rupees.)

The Apple Watch includes fitness tracking, Apple Pay and Siri
The Apple Watch includes fitness tracking, Apple Pay and Siri.

The Apple Watch enables you to send messages, read mails and answer calls to your iPhone right from your wrist. The Taptic Engine alerts you about important notifications with a gentle tap. You can also use Apple Pay as well as communicate with Siri. Among the sensors built in are the accelerometer, a built-in heart rate sensor and GPS, so that you can track your runs and workouts easily on your wrist.

However, the Apple watch despite its elegant looks may struggle against the current crop of smartwatches from other platforms due to its rather high prices.

Check out our views on the major competition for Cupertino’s first ever smartwatch.

@DennisA_James

Content Editor @ProdNote

6 of the Best Smartwatches That You Can Buy

Wearable are the future of mobile technology. Last year, Google unwrapped its own wearable version of Android, Android Wear. Samsung brought Tizen to its wearables while the rest of the crowd soon joined the Android Wear bandwagon. With Apple now readying its own smartwatch, we take a look at the greatest hits from the smartwatch sector from last year.

Moto 360

Moto 360
Moto 360

Motorola’s Moto 360 was the most anticipated smartwatch of 2014 and it was a total different animal from the rest of the crowd with their square and rectangular boring shapes.

Read more in our full review of the Moto 360 here.

LG G Watch R

LG G Watch R
LG G Watch R

LG was the first partner of Android Wear and the first fruit of the partnership, The G Watch, wasn’t that great. However, LG decided to go the Moto 360 way by going for a round face. However, their version, the G Watch R was a lot more chunkier and looked like something that you would be proud to wear on your hand.

Read more in our full review of the LG G Watch R here.

Asus Zenwatch

Asus Zenwatch
Asus Zenwatch

The Asus Zenwatch is areal looker. With a stainless steel frame, a curved display and a leather strap, the Zenwatch is probably the most elegant smartwatch around.

Read more in our review of the Asus Zenwatch here.

Samsung Gear S

Samsung Gear S
Samsung Gear S

Samsung’s Gear S is probably the biggest smartwatch in the market today and with that big size comes a rather big price tag. However, it does come with its own sim slot and calling facilities something not found anywhere else.

Read more in our review of the Samsung Gear S here.

Sony Smartwatch 3

Sony Smartwatch 3
Sony Smartwatch 3

Sony’s Smartwatch 3 is the latest in its line of smartwatches and the first to ever use Android Wear. It features a normal micro USB charging port, a first for any Android Wear device.

Read more in our review of the Sony Smartwatch 3 here.

Honorable Mention – Pebble Steel

Pebble Steel
Pebble Steel

The Pebble Steel was the the upgrade from the original pebble. Compatible with both iOS an Android. It features an e-paper display which is great for battery life.

Read more in our review of the Pebble Steel here.

@DennisA_James

Content Editor @ProdNote