Apple Spring Event: The Apple Watch Is Here
Bohs Hansen / 5 years ago
Tim Cook returns to the stage for the final part of the presentation and what most have been waiting for, the Apple Watch: “The most personal device we have ever created. It’s not just with you, it’s on you.”
There is plenty of options for different faces and configurations, traditional faces, different colors and all with rich details. You can add many details to the face like day, date, world clock, stopwatch, or next meeting. “It brings a new personal dimension to timekeeping that’s never been done before.”
The Apple Watch comes with built-in speaker and microphone so you can send and receive calls directly from it, something most boys have been dreaming of since they were 5-years old. Press the side button, bring up friends, connect Apple Watch to Apple Watch. You can sketch on you watch and it will appear in real time on the other watch. You can tap to digitally to tap your friend, and the Apple Watch tracks daily movement. It can keep track on how long you’ve exercised and if you’ve been sitting for too long. “It’s like having a coach on your wrist.”
Apple Watch also comes with Apple pay, allows you to organise your photos or control your music. You can interface with Siri by just using your voice. Notifications from your phone are also on your watch and the social media is of course also connected just like daily news. Everything directly on your wrist. Apple Pay appears to be self-contained in the watch including haptic feedback when a transaction is done.
There are thousands of new apps for the Watch including Uber for the thousands of people using the service. You can check in to your flight with Apple Watch, get notification on the watch when you get near your hotel, unlock the hotel door with watch instead of a keycard and so much more. You can have Shazam with lyrics on the Apple Watch and Unlock a garage door, just to name some of the presented features.
Apple also released iOS 8.2 today which will be needed to pair the Watch with an iPhone. A thing that has been on everybody’s mind is the battery time. Cook promises all-day battery life with 18 hours of charge. The charging connector is magnetic and will automatically click into place.
Apple always tries to use the best materials and the aluminium used is special, Cook says. The new alloy used is 60% stronger than standard alloys, but just as light. “Each case is machined, buffed and then textured with microscopic zirconia beads.”
The Apple Watch will be available as different models and pre-orders will begin on April 10th. The Watch sport starts at $349, the stainless steel model will cost between $549 and $1049 while the Apple Watch Edition will cost you $10.000. You’ll really have to want it to pay that kind of money. Availability is set for April 24th in many countries, but you can preview it from the 10th in Apple retail stores.
Thanks to Mashable for providing us with this information