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Apple Watch release date, price and specs

Updated Everything you need to know about Apple's debut wearable device
Wed Dec 17 2014, 14:41

APPLE ANNOUNCED the simply-named "Apple Watch" during its iPhone 6 launch event on 9 September, marking the company's first leap into the wearables market. 

We've rounded up everything we know so far about the Apple Watch, including its specificatons, release date and pricing details. Be sure to keep this page bookmarked as we'll be updating it as soon as we learn more.

Release date
Apple has yet to confirm an exact release date for the Apple Watch, but said it will be available to US buyers from "early 2015."

However, the release date might not be that early in the year. A leaked memo from Apple senior vice president of retail and online stores Angela Ahrendt suggests that the smartwatch won't be released until spring 2015, suggesting that it won't go on sale until the end of March at the earliest.

Since, however, rumours have claimed that the Apple Watch will go on sale of 14 February next year. This has come via the same website that correctly reported the launch date of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones before they were announced.

The Apple Watch will be available to buy from $349 (around £216), which will bag buyers the sports model. 

Apple Watch will come in three different designs

Apple hasn't revealed how much the more expensive metal and gold versions will cost. However, a leak via claims that the stainless steel smartwatch will be priced at $500, while the gold Apple Watch could fetch between "$4,000 and $5,000."

If you have a spare $30,150, an 18k rose gold version of the Apple Watch, with 15.14 carats of diamonds, can be pre-ordered now via third-party jeweler Mervis Diamond. 

The Apple Watch will be made available in 1.5in and 1.7in screen sizes, and while Apple has yet to cough on the display resolution, the Apple Watch SDK has revealed that these will weigh in at 272⨉340 and 312⨉390, respectively.

The Apple Watch running a version of iOS designed from the ground up for Apple's debut wearable device.

While it supports touch navigation, this fresh UI can also be controlled by the handset's "Digital Crown." This mechanical wheel, like that which you would normally use to set the time on an analogue watch, lets you scroll and browse through the watch's user interface.

Apple iWatch sports band white

For example, scrolling the wheel will allow you to zoom in and out on Apple's Maps app, while tapping the button takes you back to the homepage.

Apple's new "Taptic engine" also improves the mapping experience too, buzzing users with different vibrations when they need to turn left or right. This feature can also be used to send fellow Apple Watch wearers a nudge, and for notification alerts.

On the software side of things, the Apple Watch also comes with Siri baked-in, allowing users to bark commands at their wrist. On-screen typing will not be supported, due to the device's small screen size.
In terms of physical specifications, the Apple Watch boasts a Retina display resolution, and also comes with a feature called "Force Touch," which means the screen knows how hard you are pressing it. The screen also comes with a toughened sapphire glass on top, which means it should be difficult to break.
There's also Bluetooth 4.0 support, WiFi and Magsafe wireless charging support included, and the two models measure in at 38mm and 42mm, respectively.

Apple's Watch, as rumours had suggested, come stuffed full of health and fitness senors too, and is capable of measuring a users heart rate and body movements. This all comes baked in to Apple's new Activity and Workout apps, where users can also count calories and set personal goals.

NFC will also come baked-inside the device, allowing users to make use of the firm's new Apple Pay contactless payments service, which also will be available on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets.

While no specifics on the smartwatch's battery have yet been announced, Tim Cook has admitted that the Apple Watch will need to be "charged daily."

Like most smartwatches, you will need a compatible iPhone to be able to use the Apple Watch. The firm has said that supported handsets include the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5. µ


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