Apple never seems to rest on its laurels. The technical drive and an unmatched hunger to enhance the quality of peoples’ lives enabling it to birth out amazing products.
Apple Watch is the re-imagined and re-engineered smartwatch that’s functionally intelligent with a myriad of personalization options. Announced by Tim Cook on September 9, 2014, the device was available for pre-order on April 10 and began shipping on April 24, 2015. The Apple Watch quickly became the best-selling wearable device, with the shipment of 4.2 million smartwatches in the second quarter of 2015.
The goal of the Apple Watch was to free people from their phones. Kevin Lynch was brought on to make wearable technology for the wrist. He said, “People are carrying their phones with them and looking at the screen so much.” “People want that level of engagement. But how do we provide it in a way that’s a little more human, a little more in the moment when you’re with somebody?”
Apple Watch relies on a wirelessly connected iPhone to perform many of its default functions such as calling and texting. It is compatible with the iPhone 5 or later models running iOS 8.2 or later, through the use of Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
It incorporates fitness tracking and health-oriented capabilities as well as integration with iOS and other Apple products and services. Apple Watch comes in three primary categories (I’ll talk about the new Hermes edition later): Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition. Each category in two sizes: 38mm (1.5 in) and 42mm (1.7in).
Apple Watch Sport is designed to be worn during intense activities that require the watch to be shock resistant and light. It’s made from aluminium alloy and the sport band is made from sweat and chemical resistant fluoroelastomer. An innovative pin-and-tuck closure keeps the end of the band neatly secured.
Apple Watch is made from stainless steel and appeals for casual wearing.
There are six distinct bands to choose from and the case of the watch includes a mechanism to enable the straps to be interchangeable.
Apple Watch Edition is made from 18-carat Gold. Truly this is a royal companion to your individuality.
For input, the watch includes a “digital crown”, which can be turned to scroll or zoom and pressed to return to the home screen, and a touchscreen that features Force Touch technology, which makes it pressure-sensitive and capable of distinguishing between a tap and a press. The watch also has a side button which can be used to display a list of contacts, or access Apple Pay. Apple rates the device’s battery for 18 hours of mixed usage. Apple Watch is charged by means of inductive charging, using a cable similar to the MagSafe cable from Apple’s MacBook family of laptops. If the watch’s battery depletes to less than 10 percent, the watch will enter a “power reserve” mode, which allows the user to continue to read the time for an additional 72 hours. The watch then reverts to its original mode when recharged.
The Apple Watch uses the S1 system-on-chip. It uses a linear actuator called the “Taptic Engine” to provide haptic feedback when an alert or a notification is received, and is used for other purposes by certain apps. The watch is equipped with a built-in heart rate sensor, which uses both infrared and visible-light LEDs and photodiodes. All versions of the Apple Watch have 8 GB of storage, the operating system allows the user to store up to 2 GB of music and 75 MB of photos. When the Apple Watch is paired with an iPhone, all music on that iPhone is also available from the Apple Watch.
Apple Watch runs watchOS, which interface is based around a home screen with circular app icons. The OS can be navigated using the touchscreen or the crown on the side of the watch. Apple Watch must be paired with an iPhone 5 or later running iOS 8.2 or later; this version of iOS introduced the Apple Watch app, which is used to advertise Apple Watch, pair one with an iPhone, and customize settings and loaded apps.
It is capable of receiving notifications, messages, and phone calls via a paired iPhone. “Glances” allow users to swipe between pages containing widget-like displays of information. WatchOS also supports Handoff to send content from Apple Watch to an iOS or OS X device, and act as an viewfinder for an iPhone camera, Siri is also available for voice commands, although it is not capable of responding with voice prompts. Apple Watch also supports Apple Pay, and enables its use with older iPhone models that do not contain near-field communication (NFC) support. Via the Fitness app, a user can track their physical activity and send data back to the iPhone for use in its Health app and other HealthKit-enabled software.
Apple Watch’s unveiling happened in The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (formerly San Francisco Civic Auditorium) in which Steve Jobs unveiled the Macintosh and iMac.