After conquering the Smartphone and tablet market, the American technology innovator Apple has come up with a new, wearable gadget known as the Apple Watch. This cool gadget has been in the making since September 2014 when it was first announced by Apple CEO, Tim Cook.
Apple’s March 9 media event held at San Francisco gave the world answers to its many queries. What were the functions of the Watch? What will it look like? How will it be priced? What are the apps associates with it? Apple answered most of these questions at the event.
The Watch will be available as three distinct collections, which are
– Apple Watch Sport is made up of customized aluminum alloy. This sporty watch will come in silver or grey. The vibrant color bands are made of high performance plastic to live up to its durable name. It will be priced at $349 for a 38mm watch and $399 for a 42mm sized one. Australians will have to shell AU$499 and AU$579.
– Steel Cased Apple Watch will come with a tentative price tag of $549 (38mm) and may go up to $1,049, as per the band. The 42mm one will cost about $50 more. In Australia the prices will be about AU$799 and can go up to AU$1,629, again, as per the band. In the U.K, the Watch will be sold at £479 and will go up to £949.
– Apple Watch Edition is a premium variant that features an 18-karat gold case. It starts from $10,000, with multiple options that may cost up to $17,000. This comes to AU$14,000 to AU$24,000 and from £8,000 up to £13,500 in the UK.
The Watch will be able to communicate with the synced iPhone over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Better yet? The device needn’t be in Bluetooth to communicate in the house. The Watch’s apps will be downloaded via the iPhone. When it comes to battery life, Apple promises an 18 hour service for an average user.
Its stand-alone features include the ability to keep a track of the user’s activity and fitness, make payments using Apple Pay, and play music that has been already downloaded to the Watch. News on the Watch’s memory capacity is still missing.
The Smartwatch will have a simultaneous launch in the UK, China, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, Germany and France. The Apple Watch will face competition mainly from Samsung’s Tizen collection and Google’s Android Wear.
Come April, users will be able to take a bite from this Apple product with the company taking preorders from April 10 and shipping starting from April 24.