After years of rumours and speculations, Apple finally unveiled the Apple Watch – the first smartwatch by the iPhone maker. Unlike the smartwatches that run on other other platforms, Apple claims the Apple Watch runs on a new iOS-based user interface and features specially designed Digital Crown that provides an innovative way to scroll, zoom and navigate. Touted as Apple’s revolutionary navigation tool since the iPod Click Wheel and iPhone Multi-Touch, the Digital Crown allows the watch to communicate to scroll, zoom and navigate, without obstructing the display. The Digital Crown also serves as the Home button and a quick access to Siri.
The Apple Watch features a Retina with Force Touch technology that senses the difference between a tap and a press. It also comes with a Taptic Engine and a built-in speaker that discreetly enables a new vocabulary of alerts and notifications, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 4.0 to pair seamlessly with your iPhone, Apple Pay support for payments, Passbook support and Apple TV controls.
Furthermore, Apple Watch comes with 11 watch faces ranging from traditional analog faces to new ones, location sensor, Smart Replies and dictation support, Digital Touch for sketching, an audio message through Walkie Talkie, heart rate sensor, Activity app that is designed to help motivate to be more active throughout the day, Workout app that provides the detailed metrics of dedicated workout sessions.
Apple Watch will be available in three collections – Apple Watch, with a polished or space black stainless steel case and a choice of straps; Apple Watch Sport, with a space gray or silver anodized aluminum case and Sport Band; and Apple Watch Edition, with an 18-karat rose or yellow gold case and a choice of straps exclusive to this collection. Apple Watch will be available in early 2015 starting at $349 (US) and will work with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus running the latest version of iOS 8.