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Apple Watch goes official – All you need to know about the new smartwatch

ByinSmartwatches | September 9, 2014

iWatch stylesIn addition to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, another Apple smart device went official today. Called simply Apple Watch, the very first smartwatch made by the Cupertino company debuted along with two new iPhones and, if it lives up to the expectations, it could revolutionize the smartwatch market. Here’s all you need to know about the new device.

Apple Watch include two sizes and three collections

Apple WatchThe Apple Watch is a great alternative for these users who value comfort and style. The wearable will be available in two sizes, with 38mm and 42mm cases, so you will be able to choose the one that fits better on your wrist. The watch will come in three collections – the regular Apple Watch version, the Watch Sport with a 60 percent stronger alloy case, and the Apple Watch Edition with gold case. Moreover, users will have a selection of wristbands to choose from including plastic, leather and steel, with six of them available at launch and more coming later on.

What sets the Apple Watch apart from other smartwatches is the way you control the device. Rather than relying solely on gestures, Apple opted for an alternative in the form of digital crown (that thingy you use to set the time on a regular watch). You can click it to enter the homescreen or twist it to zoom in and out on photos and maps.

Apple SmartwatchThe watch responds to gestures as well but it does so in a different way than you’re used to. You can still swipe to access a “Glance” feature (Apple’s version of Google Now) but the watch also recognizes pressure input and reacts differently to light taps and harder presses. Moreover, the Apple Watch uses this pressure input to support a feature called “Digital Touch” which allows users to send taps to other people wearing the Watch.

Curiously, ‘the iWatch’ doesn’t have a keyboard so you won’t be able to type any sort of message. However, you will be able to respond to messages with predefined replies. Alternatively you will be able to draw a sketch on the display and send it or dictate a message using Siri. The wearable also comes with customizable animated emoji.

Like other smartwatches released recently, the Apple Watch heavily focuses on physical activity. The watch is capable of tracking your heart rate and your movement throughout the day including long you’ve been sitting, how long you’ve been standing, and how long you’ve been doing “brisk” activity.

The smartwatch offers wireless charging and, like the iPhone 6, comes with NFC to make use of Apple Pay. The wearable will be compatible with the latest iPhones including the iPhone 5, 5C and 5S and, obviously, the newly announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

If you were hoping to grab one of those pups together with the new iPhone 6, it’s not going to happen. Without going into too many details, Tim Cook revealed that the watch will hit the market in early 2015 and prices will start at $349. With price set at $349, the Apple Watch will cost than other smartwatches, which is not surprising at all, since Apple devices generally tend to be more expensive than similar offerings from other manufacturers.

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