Wednesday, March 18, 2015

April 24: The Apple Watch Will Arrive

Here it comes. Wikipedia describes the watch as

a smartwatch created by Apple Inc. and announced by Tim Cook on September 9, 2014. The watch incorporates fitness tracking and health-oriented capabilities as well as integration with iOS and other Apple products and services. Apple announced the Apple Watch with three "collections," distinguished by different combinations of cases and interchangeable bands. The watch relies on a connected iPhone to perform many of its functions and will be compatible with the iPhone 5 or later models running iOS 8.2. The device is available to pre-order on April 10[5] and scheduled to begin shipping April 24, 2015.[6][7]

The watch, then, will include a watch, a connection to your iPhone, and other features. From Tech Crunch:

Apple has built a lot of unique features into the Watch so that it can truly supplement the iPhone – there isn’t all that much in the way of duplication, but instead the wearable goes beyond, offering sensors that aren’t present on Apple’s smartphones and tablets.

Some of the unique features of the Apple Watch include its taptic engine for providing physical cues and messages, as well as notifications; heart rate monitor and motion sensors for activity tracking; Built-in Bluetooth support for connecting to accessories; and the digital crown, which allows for control without sacrificing screen real estate.

The cost for the least expensive model: $349. It’s unclear whether the product will be a boom or bust.


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