Apple has just unveiled the Apple Watch. Everyone has been expecting and waiting for Apple to bring in the supposed â€œKiller Smartwatchâ€. Suffice it to say that this is not it.Â 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.
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 (theyâ€™re calling it the Digital Crown). Itâ€™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 weâ€™re not sure exactly how big it is because you canâ€™t distinguish where the bezels begin and end. This works in the deviceâ€™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 canâ€™t swap it out for a watch band that you have lying around. Youâ€™d have to get what Apple offers and thatâ€™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.
There are three variants of the Apple Watch. Each of which comes in two different sizes, sort of mimicking the traditional menâ€™s and womenâ€™s watch selection, though thereâ€™s no reason a woman wouldnâ€™t be able to wear the larger variant.
â€“ Apple Watch (Depicted above on the right)
â€“ Apple Watch Edition (made from 18k Gold)
â€“ 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.
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.
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.
Apple can do better. Since iOS users didnâ€™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.
Hereâ€™s the Apple Watch Commercial