Apple just announced its first foray into the wearable technology market with the unveiling of the Apple Watch! Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at an event in Cupertino, CA to uncover a new generation of iPhones, but the sleek new smartwatch was the real star of the show. The Apple Watch will sync with the iPhone, it will double as a health and fitness monitor, and it will even allow you to control the lights and temperature of your home!
Things to know about the newly launched Apple Watch:
1. It is Apple’s first wearable device.
2. The smartwatch features a square face made from sapphire crystal and the watch case is available in stainless steel or 18 karat gold.
3. The design features multiple bands – including a sport band made from plastic, a linked steel band, and a magnetic band made from leather.
4. It syncs seamlessly with the iPhone and will be customizable for the user.
5. The Apple Watch will double as a health tracker and fitness device.
6. It’s accurate within plus or minus 50 milliseconds.
7. It won’t be a smaller version of the iPhone on your wrist. “What we didn’t do is shrink the iPhone and slap it on your wrist,” said Cook.
8. The user interface features lots of little circles.
9. There is a dial on the side of the watch (a “digital crown”) that includes infrared LEDs and photodiodes that translate rotary movement into digital data allowing users to navigate the device, zoom on a map or scroll through a list. To go back to the home screen, press the crown.
10. The watch will be available in two different sizes (his and hers).
11. It’s “meant to be worn all day,” so it’s stylish and has a long battery life.
12. The digital crown allows nimble, precise adjustments so that you can use it without obstructing the display.
13. Apps have been designed for lightweight interactions (traffic updates, instant messages).
14. You’ll also be able to share your heartbeat with other users or draw little doodles and send them to friends.
15. The integrated haptic feedback is designed to be intimate and allow you to connect to your friends and family.
16. You can check into Starwood hotels by waving your watch in front of the door of your suite.
17. The Pinterest app will give you walking directions to things you’ve pinned.
18. A BMW app will help you find your parked car.
19. Honeywell’s app lets you control the temperature in your home.
20. The Lutron app lets you control the lighting in your home.
21. The Apple Watch’s fitness tracker monitors all of your activity throughout the day – including how much you sit and how much you move.
22. The workout app lets you set fitness goals and track your progress.
23. A sensor tracks your heart rate.
24. GPS tracks your location and speed.
25. An accelerometer tracks your movements.
26. You can send animated emoticons to people that laugh, stick out their tongue, etc. They’re not static – they behave like little critters (and they’re a bit creepy if you ask me)!
27. The Apple Watch is designed for the iPhone 6 and 6+, but it will also work with the iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s.
28. The starting price is $349, and it will be available early next year.
29. The watch will work with the new Apple Pay virtual wallet.
30. Tim Cook says: “It’s functional yet incredibly beautiful. It empowers people and enriches their lives. It’s the most personal device Apple has ever created.”
The next generation of iPhones – the 6 and the 6 Plus – were also unveiled at the event. Both phones will be wider but slimmer than previous Apple phones and will feature retina HD screens. The iPhone 6 will be available for pre-order starting September 12.
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