The unveiling of a new Apple product is probably the closest comparison that adult tech aficionados can draw to a child’s emotions the night before Christmas Day. Since the rumours of Apple’s newest technology innovation, the Apple Watch, were brought to fruition back in the fall, we have gained an increasing amount of information about this neat little gadget that will, as the CEO Tim Cook suggests, be a more intimate medium for communication.
Of all the new features that the Apple Watch boasts (texting, e-mailing, notifications and, let’s not forget, telling time) the one that most of us will undoubtedly be focused on is the actual aesthetics of the device. Judging from the teaser videos and limited press releases regarding the actual appearance of the Apple Watch, I think we will be satisfied with the opportunities we will have to customize the device, as there are currently 10 different faces available as well as three different leather straps, a stainless steel bracelet or a black or white band. The Apple Sport Model (one of the three different versions being sold) will have an anodized case so that it will be more resistant to damage during your workouts.
The other two versions being sold from Apple, the Apple Watch, and the higher-end, Apple Watch Edition, will range in price from $699 CAD to $1,459 for the Apple Watch and the more expensive Apple Watch Edition will start at around $13,000. The Sport will be the cheapest of the three ranging between $449 and $519 CAD.
Of all the hype that the Apple Watch is creating, the only feature that I can truly see setting it apart from the rest of the smart watches on the market is its KillerApp, which is an app that reminds you to stand up, exercise and generally get moving. Unlike other fitness apps that have notifications that pop up on your computer screen, this app from Apple will send ‘taps’ against your wrist until you listen to the app and get up and get going. Having this physical reminder to get up and move will be more efficient than simply closing a notification on your phone or computer.
Apart from being able to tell time within 50ms of universal standard time, the Apple Watch will also be equipped with Siri voice service, along with having an intelligent piece of technology called the Digital Crown that will essentially be able to detect the difference in your fingers from a ‘tap’ to a ‘press’. You will of course have to be in possession of an iPhone for the Apple Watch to work at its maximum ability, and it will be compatible with iPhone 5c, 5s, 6 and 6 plus.
While pre-ordering the Apple Watch begins on April 10th, you will be able to begin purchasing them in-store on April 24th in Canada.
The Apple Watch sounds like a pretty interesting gadget to own, but a bit outside most of our budgets for telling time; do you think you’re going to jump and buy the Apple Watch? Or will you wait till the second version comes out?
If the main benefit is the fitness app… You might as well just get a Jawbone Up24. You can program it to vibrate when you’re inactive for a certain period of time… 15min… 30min… 1hr… etc! It also tracks your sleep, steps, fitness, and syncs to food tracking apps, for an all-in-one product. Pay 700+ for the apple watch? Yeah right! I’d rather keep my phone and have my jawbone on my wrist!