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Apple has officially announced the Apple Watch, their first wearable within the smartwatch category.
As far as features go, the watch is precise, insofar that it is synced with the universal time standard. This can be adjusted, though.
The main feature, though, is the main input method, known as the Digital Crown. With it, you can quickly go back to the Home screen. Or, you can twist it to zoom in, if you’d like. The device’s screen is a touchscreen, and you can swipe to “glance” through information as you need it.
The Watch’s display is sapphire glass. It can also tell the difference between a “tap” and a “press,” where the latter works as right-click option for elements on the display.
Apple has created six different straps that connect to the body of the Watch with a specific kind of slot. This kind of attachment will make swapping bands for the Watch very simple and fast.
Apple also announced that there will be two variants of the Watch, and it will come with smaller, matching bands.
There are multiple options for the casing as well, up to three, and a growing list of supported straps.
If you want to use an Apple Watch, you’ll need to have an iPhone, as confirmed by Apple during the event.
Apple is calling their press, or right-click option for the Watch, “force touches.” This will let you manipulate more items, customize the display in certain areas and more.
There is a “taptic engine” within the Watch that offers subtle vibrations for notifications right against your wrist. When you get a notification, you swipe up from the bottom of the Watch’s display to act on the notification, whether that means to accept or decline a call, or to reply to a text message.
You can reply to message via voice commands, or to have your Watch transcribe a message for you. There is no keyboard present on the wearable. There is also emoji support.
It should not be surprising that Siri is also built into the Watch.
The Watch will also have access to your Photos, which you can zoom in and out of with the Digital Crown.
There is a dedicated button on the Watch for “digital touch,” an application that allows you to communicate directly with another Watch user. Once you access the connected contacts list, you can press the button and send drawings to one another that you create on the Watch’s face. You can also send your heartbeat, which will then translate as rhythmic vibration on the other person’s wrist.
Apple has introduced WatchKit, which will let developers build third-party apps for the Watch. That already includes the likes of Facebook, Twitter, American Airways and more.
The Watch also includes a standalone workout application, which can measure distance, the duration of a session and the calories the person burns.
The Watch, in a rather unprecedented move, can actually be used as a walkie talkie. It can also be used to control an Apple TV, and act as the viewfinder for your iPhone’s camera.
The Watch will support not only the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but also the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5.
It will cost $349. It will launch in early 2015, with no exact date provided.
Apple also confirmed, after revealing the price tag, that the device will work with Apple Pay.
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