Step aside iPhone 6 – the spotlight this time round shines on the Apple Watch, perhaps the most anticipated gadget to be released by a tech company. It is a game changer not just for Apple but also the whole industry because we all know what happens when Apple introduces a new product category – that’s right, we expect others to follow suit and even if they already have something similar (we’re looking at you, Samsung Gear), chances are there will be a lot of makeovers and re-dos where in the end, consumers will benefit from it all.
What makes the Apple Watch the thing to – well – watch this year? It not only makes technology useful in our lives but also wearable. The Apple Watch beautifully integrates the humanity of touch and so seamlessly incorporates itself into our lives that once you have it, you’ll wonder how you survived without it.
While an iPhone is required to work alongside it, the Apple Watch offers a unique user experience that is cleverly considered. Through its digital crown, you zoom, scroll and select functions. The touchscreen recognises hard and soft presses, both of which bring up different features. With its sensors, the watch also works as a fitness tracker where it can track your every movement, loading workout stats in real time and even taking your pulse.
Other key functions of the Apple Watch:
- The watch will have Siri, Maps and Photo apps, among others. The Maps app shows the way and guides wearers whether to go left or right with a tap.
- Friends is a feature where you can make a call, send a message or a sketch made with your finger to friends on your list. You can also send friends a gentle tap on the wrist through tiny vibrations, even if they’re a thousand miles away. You can even capture and send your heartbeat by pressing two fingers on the screen.
- Glances is a feature where you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to see stocks, meetings, weather and world times.
The Apple Watch comes in three versions: the Apple Watch made with stainless steel; the Apple Watch Sport inside an aluminium casing, and the Apple Watch Edition that is made of 18K gold. There is also a smaller-sized watch (38mm) for smaller wrists. As for bands, there are six different versions made from leather, polymer, metal mesh and stainless steel. Straps are also interchangeable, which is great news if you love to pair your watch with your outfit of the day. Prices vary according to materials and style but the entry level is estimated at USD$349. The Apple Watch goes on sale early 2015. For details, check here.