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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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Apple Watch Battery Life at 1 Day Now, Expecting Improvement Before Launch

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Apple announced their first wearable product on Tuesday called the “Apple Watch”.  They gave us a few details about the watch, but failed to mention any specifics on battery life.  A new report on Re/Code suggests that Apple is “not happy” with the current battery life and they seek to improve it before the device launches in early 2015.

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A spokeswoman for Apple commented on the battery life for the smart watch saying that users will have to charge it once a day.  She goes on to say that people will love using the Apple Watch during the day, the MagSafe charger is innovative and that there is a lot of technology in the watch.  So like Apple at their conference, the battery life for the smart watch isn’t that impressive hence why it was “skipped over.”  Re/Code reports that Apple is apparently working on modifying the watch to include a better battery life.

The Apple Watch was announced on September 9th, 2014 and will not be available for sale until early 2015.  This is the first wearable product Apple has made and is likely to be the first of many more wearable products.  If this generation’s battery life doesn’t improve in time for the launch, the second-generation will include a much longer battery life.

 

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.

Analyst Believes iWatch Delayed Until 2015

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As we get closer to the iPhone 6 announcement date, we also get closer to the rumored iWatch announcement date.  It was originally expected that the smart watch would be coming out alongside the next-generation iPhone, but due to production issues, it would be delayed until the iPad announcement in October.  KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, wrote a new report saying the watch will be pushed back even further and not come out until 2015.

iWatch Concept by iSoft

iWatch Concept by iSoft

Kuo believes the delay is due to higher level of difficultly for Apple to make a smart watch.  The company may be suffering from problems with the device’s design and integration between its hardware and software.  Kuo believes the watch will be a success, but Apple needs to get everything right before launching the product.

In the analyst’s last report, details about the watch’s design were given. It will feature a curved AMOLED display, high waterproof standards and new system-on-a-chip components.

As of June, Re/Code said that the iWatch is still on schedule to be announced at the iPad event in October.  So unless production hasn’t even started yet for the watch, we will likely see it in October (as rumored).

iWatch to Start Mass Production in November

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The iWatch, Apple’s smart watch, is likely to be in huge demand and one of the most anticipated wearable devices of 2014.  It has been rumored for a while now and although we have yet to see any solid evidence for the product (leaked pictures, etc.), Tim Cook said that his company will be entering a new product category this year. So even though we don’t have proof, we will likely see the watch before the end of the year.  In the beginning, rumors said we would see the iWatch at WWDC and then this was pushed back to September, then October and now Ming-Chi Kuo believes the watch won’t enter mass production until November.  On Thursday, Kuo released a new report detailing the watch’s specification in addition to reasons why mass production keeps getting pushed back.

iWatch concept by SET Solution

iWatch concept by SET Solution

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This iWatch Concept Shows the Latest Rumors

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SET Solution, the company behind this iPad Pro idea, is at it again with a new video showing us their iWatch concept.  The smart watch is based on a report by Reuters that says the watch will have a rectangular face with a curved touchscreen, wireless charging capabilities and sensors to track the health of the user.

The smart watch video below shows a watch with the 2.5″ rectangular curved face running a full version of iOS 8.  Although it is unlikely Apple will be able to pack the full version of iOS 8 into the wearable device, we will most likely see a smaller variant of it that includes the new Health application and a way to monitor incoming notifications.

The iWatch is expected to start mass production soon and be announced at Apple’s iPad-focused event in October.  Rumors keep going back and forth about the design of the device, but one thing is certain is that the iWatch is coming.

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.

Credit: FuzeChicken

Credit: FuzeChicken

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)
Credit: Gabor Balogh

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)

The iWatch Release Date Scheduled for Fall

Fuelband-inspired iWatch concept by FuzeChicken
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The iWatch, a rumored smart watch built by Apple, has keep coming back with new rumors.  A bill of materials has been leaked online that shows the suppliers, some technical specifications and the release date.

Credit: FuzeChicken

Credit: FuzeChicken

The suppliers, as reported, will be Quanta Computer with Richtek Technology TPK supplying chips and sapphire touch panels.  The processor will be designed by Apple and then produced by Samsung, which isn’t uncommon for Apple.  Past processors for the iPhone have been made by Samsung as well.

For the technical specifications, the bill of materials calls for suppliers with sapphire touch panels.  Based on this, the iWatch will likely feature a touchscreen with minimal buttons and be very durable due to their sapphire displays.  The iPhone 6 is rumored to also have a sapphire display since Apple recently built a plant in Arizona to mass produce sapphire. An analyst estimates that 100 to 200 million 5″ displays can be produced each year.   The bill also says Apple is planning on producing 65 million iWatches by the end of 2014.

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credit: AppleInsider

The release date for the iWatch is rumored to be announced alongside the iPhone 6 and iOS 8.  The next generation operating system for iOS devices is rumored to have a fitness-focused by adding a new app called Healthbook that will measure heart rate, blood pressure and other vitals.  We may see a glimpse of the iWatch at WWDC in June.

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Leaked images of Healthbook, credit: 9to5Mac

Check out the Rumors page for the latest rumors for the iWatch, iOS 8 and the iPhone 6.