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Our comprehensive guide to everything Apple Watch

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The first generation Apple Watch, which was announced on September 9th, 2014, is finally available to buy. The watch, unlike other Apple products, will be sold exclusively online until Apple has time to catch up with the tremendous demand for the device. In this post, we walk you through everything Apple Watch.

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The Apple Watch is advertised as Apple’s most personal device yet. It comes with a plethora of new features, ways to communicate, customizations, ways to tell time, track your fitness and more. Right out of the box, the Apple Watch will be able to do so much without the thousands of apps available on the Apple Watch App Store.

For the timekeeping aspect of the Apple Watch, there are numerous ways to display the time with a chronograph, color, modular, utility, Mickey Mouse (we need to have Mickey Mouse), simple, motion, solar and astronomy clocks. In addition, each clock can be highly customizable to include a stopwatch, calendar, moon phases, the weather and more. Each clock can also be customized with different colors to make it very personal and specific to you.

The Apple Watch also has new innovative ways to communicate with friends and loved ones. The Digital Touch feature allows you to sketch a drawing, tap a rhythm and send your heartbeat to someone else with an Apple Watch. The watch works with your iPhone so any incoming notifications, like text messages, phone calls, mail and more can be accessed, managed and replied to on your wrist.

The watch is also designed to be a fitness and health companion. The Activity app made by Apple tracks your exercise, how many calories burned and tells you when to take a break from sitting. Their second app, Workout, shows real-time updates about your current activity, like calories burned, pace and distance. It also works with a variety of activities so the Apple Watch only uses the sensors it needs. If needed for your exercise, the Apple Watch will use the GPS sensor in the iPhone.

In addition, the Apple Watch comes with a number of built-in apps, like Stocks, Photos and Calendar, and has access to its own App Store with over a thousand apps already available. The Apple Watch also works with Apple Pay for those users that have the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c.

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Tim Cook confirms Apple Watch comes out in April

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Yesterday, Tim Cook met with shareholders during the company’s quarterly conference call to discuss earnings and results during the first quarter of the 2015 fiscal year.  He reported how many of each product were sold, quoted earnings, answered some questions and then gave us new information about the Apple Watch.

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When answering questions, Cook went into detail about the timing of when Apple products are announced and then released.  For example, the Apple Watch was said it would come out in early 2015 and most people assumed this meant the first quarter (January to March) of 2015.  Cook, however, means something else when he says “early 2015.”  “Early” refers to the first four months, “mid” is the middle four months and “late” is the last four months.  So by saying “early 2015” for the release date of the Apple Watch, he really meant some time between January and April.  Yesterday he confirmed that the Apple Watch will be shipping in April.

The Apple Watch will work alongside the iPhone to provide notifications, more content and “glances” from apps on the smartphone. The company was aiming for a 19-hour battery life for the watch, which would require the user to charge it every night, but they may be missing their mark slightly.  The watch is still on its original schedule though.

Apple releases WatchKit and iOS 8.2 to developers

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A few days after Apple released iOS 8.1.1 to the public, they posted iOS 8.2 to developers (on the developer portal).  The update comes alongside Xcode 6.2, which has support for WatchKit.  Developers can now start designing apps to work on the Apple Watch.  The smart watch is not expected to be released until early Spring so this should give developers a jumpstart on creating some beautiful apps.  In addition, WatchKit also confirms the screen resolutions for each of the models and what the Apple Watch experience will be like.

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The Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines, which are created by Apple to help developers design apps, icons, user interfaces, menus and more for their apps, gives us more details about the smart watch.  For starters, the 38mm watch will have a screen resolution of 340 x 272 pixels and the 42mm watch will have a resolution of 390 x 312 pixels.  Apple notes in the guide that these resolutions are Retina quality.

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Full apps will give the user many options, like how the above Music app lets the user turn on/off shuffle and repeat, change the source and turn on AirPlay.

When the Apple Watch is launched, apps will only work if it is paired to an iPhone.  Apps that don’t require pairing won’t be available until later in the year.  Three primary types of watch apps can be created: Glances, Notifications and full apps.  Glances are used so the user can quickly look something up, like the weather or stock prices. They are access on a single screen and primarily non-interactive.  Notifications are simply interactive notifications like on iOS 8 when a user receives a banner text message and can either reply or dismiss it. Users can take actions on emails, notifications, text messages and more. Finally, full apps will be allowed on the watch, like the Music app.  Users can play music, change songs, shuffle music, repeat music, change the source or play music over AirPlay.

Apple is apparently also working on iOS 8.3, but we are unaware of what features this will bring.

Apple Watch confirmed to launch in early Spring

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At first the Apple Watch release date was rumored to be Fall 2014, and then Apple announced it with a early 2015 release date, rumors spread it would come around Valentine’s Day and now an executive has confirmed an early Spring release.

Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior VP of retail and online stores, sent a motivational video message to Apple Store employees recently.  It mentioned why everyone was hired, what there is to look forward to in the near future and a reminder that they are to provide the best experience possible to every customer.  When Angela was talking about the near future, she said: “We’re going into the holidays, we’ll go into Chinese New Year, and then we’ve got a new watch coming in the spring.” This last line officially confirmed the release date for the Apple Watch.

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The holidays are in November/December, the Chinese New Year is on February 19th and Spring starts March 20th.  Apple has originally said that the watch would be coming early Spring so if they wanted to stand by their forecast and if Angela knows her stuff, then the Apple Watch should be here in late March.

Apple Announces First Wearable Product: Apple Watch

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In case you missed the announcement on Tuesday, Apple announced their first wearable product and entered into a new category of products.  The Apple Watch, which is not called the rumored “iWatch” name, is a smart watch that works as an accessory to the iPhone.  The phone transmits data to the watch and vice versa so the person can quickly see notifications, messages, fitness levels, and more. It not only functions as a watch, but also as a calendar, a map, a heart-rate monitor, a messenger and much more. The watch also works with the iPhone 6 and Apple Pay.

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The Apple Watch is available in multiple sizes and styles.  The rectangular watch face is available in 38mm and 42mm.  The face comes in two finishes and is made with an alloy of stainless steel, aluminum or a unique combination of 18-Karat rose and yellow gold.  The bands come in multiple styles and colors: link bracelet, sport band, leather loop, classic buckle, modern buckle and Milanese loop. In addition, the software on the watch is very customizable and has more then ten different styles for showing the time.  Developers are also working on their own apps to work on the watch.

If there are too many choices available for the indecisive customer, Apple created three collections to help with selection.  The first one is the regular Apple Watch, which has a stainless steel case, sapphire display and comes with any of the previously mentioned bands. The second watch collection is the Apple Watch Sport.   This one has the aluminum watch casing, strengthened Ion-X glass and comes with the sport band in one of five colors.  The final collection, which is the Apple Watch Edition, comes with a watch case made of 18-Karat gold, a sapphire crystal display and either the sport band, modern buckle or classic buckle.

The new smart watch comes in three new collections: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.

The new smart watch comes in three new collections: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.

Apple doesn’t go into detail with their marketing material about the technical specifications about the smart watch, but they do say a little bit about the design.  The watch face is made of either Ion-X glass or sapphire crystal (depending on the model), it features a touchscreen that is pressure-sensitive and is of Retina quality.  The right side has a digital crown that acts like the Home button and allows the screen to zoom in and out on a certain object, like a map. On the backside of the watch face, a ceramic cover with sapphire lenses protect infrared and LED lights and photodiodes that measure your heart rate.

38mm case, aluminum, blue sport band

38mm case, aluminum, blue sport band

Apple lists the starting price at $349, but this likely is for the lower-end smart watches.  The Apple Watch Edition will be the most expensive, probably around twice the price, because of its 18-Karat casing and sapphire crystal display.  Although the smart watch was announced in September, it won’t be available for sale until early 2015.  Apple may hold another event where they go into more detail about the watch and test out 3rd-party apps prior to the release date. Finally, check out the guide on CNET that has a hands-on approach to their post.

Three Major Reports Confirm Details for iWatch Ahead of Next Week's Event

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At next week’s confirmed Apple event, we will likely see the release date for iOS 8, the redesigned iPhone 6 and at the end, the iWatch should make an appearance.  The iPhone 6 has been covered inside and out so we have a very good idea of what to expect.  The iWatch, however, hasn’t had many leaked parts and the only information we know comes from sources speaking out from within the supply chain.  The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and the infamous KGI Securities analyst, Ming Chi-Kuo, give us more details about what to expect for Apple’s wearable.  Again, no pictures, just inside information.

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This beautiful concept likely doesn’t show the iWatch’s design according to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Ming Chi-Kuo. Credit: FuzeChicken

According to The New York Times, the iWatch will have a flexible sapphire display so it will conform better to the user’s wrists.  It may not be a complete wraparound display, like the picture above, but it won’t be completely flat either.  The sensors inside the watch will also be more accurate then other fitness devices since Apple has invested a lot into research and development. They will track health and fitness information, like steps taken and heart beat.  The report goes on to say that the watch will have wireless charging and have NFC capabilities for connecting to the iPhone.

This new concept by Martin Hajek closely resembles the reports by The

This new concept by Martin Hajek closely resembles the reports by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Ming Chi-Kuo. 

The Wall Street Journal reports similar information about the iWatch and also gives us more details.  Not only will the display be made of sapphire and curved, but it will have a OLED screen and be available in two sizes.  The report also says that the iWatch will use NFC technology for communicating with the iPhone.  When the wearable devices collects user’s data, it will transmit it via NFC to the iPhone’s new Health app.  All the data collected from the watch and apps on the phone will be available there.

Kuo provides us with more details about Apple's upcoming products.

Kuo provides us with more details about Apple’s upcoming products.

Finally, Ming Chi-Kuo gives us a very detailed report via 9to5Mac that provides us with more information about the iWatch.  For internal specifications, the watch will feature 8GB of storage, 512MB of RAM and be available in two display sizes: 1.3″ and 1.5″.  The watch will feature a rectangular face as compared to the circular design, which has been seen in many concepts and is on the Moto 360.  Kuo also believes the watch will feature aluminum as its primary material because of Apple’s history with devices and it will come in the same colors as the iPhone 6 (gold, silver and space gray).  The reports ends by saying that it will be shown off at next week’s event, but it won’t be available until 2015.

Apple Partnering with Swatch to Make Multiple iWatch Devices

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The iWatch may not be only one device, but several.  According to a new report by VentureBeat, Apple is partnering with Swatch and other watch companies to produce a whole line of smart watches.  There will be multiple styles, price points and some may not even have the “iWatch” name.

iWatch round, flat face concept by Gabor Balogh

iWatch round, flat face concept by Gabor Balogh

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iPad Pro and 3 Models of iWatch Due Out By End of 2014

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Eddy Cue recently said in an interview that this year’s product lineup will be the best he has seen in 25 years.  We expect two new iPhones (one with a 4.7″ display and one with a 5.5″ display), the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, Apple TV and updated computers.  However, a new report by Taiwan’s Economic Daily (translated), says that we should also expect three models of the iWatch and the iPad Pro by the end of the year.

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Rumors for the iWatch have been around since early 2013 and every so often a new rumor will come out about how many models Apple will be announcing.  The Economic Daily claims that there will be three models: one with a 1.6″ regular display, 1.8″ regular display and 1.8″ sapphire display.  Since sapphire is more expensive than Corning Gorilla glass, the report believes that only the high-end model will be the only model featuring sapphire glass.  The report also mentions that this model will pave the way for sapphire glass to be found on the 5.5″ iPhone 6 and future iPhones.

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New Rumor Says iWatch Will Have Curved Display

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The iWatch is rumored product from Apple and even though we haven’t had any official confirmation yet, leaks appear every week or so with details about its specifications.  There’s a few new rumors from a Japanese business newspaper that list some of the key technical specifications and release date for the device; most of which contradicts previous reports.

iWatch round, flat face concept by Gabor Balogh

iWatch round, flat face concept by Gabor Balogh

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The iWatch Comes in Two Sizes

iWatch round, flat face concept by Gabor Balogh
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The iWatch rumors have been increasing recently and they all point to a release date in September, alongside the iPhone 6 and iOS 8.  The iWatch is Apple’s smart watch and new rumors have developed this week that there will be two models released and here are the tech specs of each model.  These rumors are from almost-always correct analyst Ming Chi Kuo of KGI Securities.

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Less Expensive Model ~$300

  • 1.3-inch flexible AMOLED sapphire display
  • biometric sensors, like heart rate, UV monitor
  • NFC chip
  • 200 to 250 mAh battery (with wireless charging capabilities)
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Credit: Gabor Balogh

High-End Model ~$1000

  • 1.5-inch flexible AMOLED sapphire display
  • comparable to luxury watches
  • biometric sensors
  • NFC chip
  • 200 to 250 mAh battery (with wireless charging capabilities)