After so many months of speculations and rumors, Apple has finally announced their smartwatch and its not called iWatch but its simply called Apple Watch. Tim Cook describes it as the next chapter in history of Apple. It is a comprehensive health and fitness devices but its also an extremely precise and customizable timepiece. The main highlight of the watch is rotatable crown which Apple calls Digital Crows. It can be used to zoom, go through list and pressing it takes you to home screen. This makes navigation easier without obstructing the display.
The Apple Watch comes in two sizes with several different case options as well. There is an 18-carat gold case as well. Both the Apple Watches will have same set of functionality; the only difference is size. According to Apple, you can have millions of options. It cames with lots of watch faces as well which are all highly customizable. As mentioned, it’ll be available in two different sizes and three different finishes. Apple demo videos shows a lot of different strap options for the Apple Watch; both in terms of colors and materials.
The three different models/finishes are called Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition. It’ll start at $349 and will be available early 2015. It works with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s and new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
In terms of functionality, Apple Watch can do a lot. It has Siri, you can navigate your way to work, you can view messages, accept or reject calls, view pictures, play music or watch your calendar. There are several health and fitness functionalities as well along with third party apps from BMW, American Airlines and others. The Watch can also be used as walkie talkie and viewfinder for iPhone camera.
The glass on the top of the screen is made up of sapphire crystal which is a scratch-proof material and is used on high-end timepieces. The Apple Watch has a built-in gyroscope, a heart rate sensor, and a Taptic Engine for input sensing. The sensors include infrared, visible-light LEDs, and photosensors, which all work together to detect heart rate. Furthermore, the display can also sense between touch and press which is another way of differentiating inputs without having too many buttons. The watch has a number of sensors on the back and it features inductive wireless charging with a MagSafe kind of charger.