Here is the Apple Watch

Apple has just unveiled the Apple Watch. Everyone has been expecting and waiting for Apple to bring in the supposed “Killer Smartwatch”. Suffice it to say that this is not it. Featuring a design that mirrors the new iPhone 6, it has a lot going for it, but also misses the mark on important details, including price.

Â

Screen_Shot_2014-09-09_at_3.02.41_PMThe Design/Hardware

The Apple Watch features a design similar to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with rounded sides, rounded glass, a button on the right side, and a button/spinning knob on the right side as well.

You heard that right, a spinning knob (they’re calling it the Digital Crown). It’s supposed to have the feel of the classic watch knobs that you used to use to set the time.

The screen and body is rectangular, but we’re not sure exactly how big it is because you can’t distinguish where the bezels begin and end. This works in the device’s favor in terms of adding sleekness. The glass is made of sapphire crystal. The body of high quality and meticulously designed aluminums, gold, and rubbers.

The bands are all magnetic, and proprietary, so you can’t swap it out for a watch band that you have lying around. You’d have to get what Apple offers and that’s it.

It also comes with a heart rate monitor and a Taptic Engine which respectively delivers your biometric data and gives you vibrating notifications.

The device charges using a new custom magsafe cable that attaches to the back of the device. No word on battery life yet.

Options

There are three variants of the Apple Watch. Each of which comes in two different sizes, sort of mimicking the traditional men’s and women’s watch selection, though there’s no reason a woman wouldn’t be able to wear the larger variant.

– Apple Watch (Depicted above on the right)

– Apple Watch Edition (made from 18k Gold)

– Apple Watch Sport (Depicted above on the left)

You need an iPhone to use it

Sorry Android & Windows Phone users, no Apple Watch for you.

Software

The software is a little odd. Everything seems a little too small. It features a zoomable (use the Digital Crown) home screen where you can reach installed apps that are all circles.

Siri is built into the device as well as Maps, a dedicated Photos app, and more.

It also has a little drawing application that you can use to send little notes to people with Apple Watches.

Price

Considering the cost of other Smartwatches on the market range from $199-$249 (the latter end being the Moto 360 which is the best Android Wear device on the market currently), the Apple Watch is expensive.

The Apple Watch starts at $349.

Conclusion

Apple can do better. Since iOS users didn’t really have anything besides the Pebble, this is a welcome addition into the Apple ecosystem. Even still, having seen what Android Wear can do and how it does it, Apple should have done better. So now iOS users have a smartwatch. And they deserve better.

Â

Here’s the Apple Watch Commercial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q2gH1PGTrg

Â