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THE APPLE WATCH is arguably the most anticipated wearable yet, as Apple makes its first mark on the ever-competitive smartwatch market.
The Apple Watch was first unveiled alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in September last year, and Apple announced more details about it at an event on 9 March in San Francisco.
During its March event, Apple revealed pricing and release date details for the Apple Watch for the first time, gave us our first glimpse of the wearable in action, and named some of the third-party apps that will be available on the wearable device at launch.
The firm also plans to revamp its stores in time for 10 April, when the Apple Watch will be available to try out through pre-booked appointments.
We've rounded up everything we know so far about the Apple Watch, including specifications, release date and pricing details. Be sure to keep this page bookmarked as we'll update it as soon as we learn more.
Apple has finally spilled the beans on UK pricing. The 38mm Apple Watch Sport will be available from £299, while the larger 42mm model will cost £339.
The 'Watch' edition will be available from £479, going up to £949 depending on the case and band combination. For example, a 38mm Apple Watch with a Black Classic Buckle strap will set you back £559, while the 42mm model will be £50 more expensive.
As expected, the Apple Watch Edition, which is crafted from custom rose or yellow 18-carat gold, will be available from £8,000, rising to £13,500 for the most expensive version.
And to make you feel even more special, those high rollers interested in one of the Apple Watch Edition models will be given more time to try out the devices in store than the rest of us.
According to reports, Apple will allow big spenders to book a 30-minute appointment to try on the pricier Apple Watch, compared to the 15-minute slots available for trying out the standard version.
Although according to the report, Apple isn't exactly being very cautious about who gets the longer slots. We expected the firm would at least request a credit check or bank statement to be brought along on the day, to prevent any of us normal folk from abusing the system.
But apparently you can just "feign interest ... customers mark their favourite models through the Apple Store app or its website, and those preferences are stored with the customers' Apple IDs".
Appointments to try on the Apple Watch can be booked from 10 April. Apple also plans to kit out its retail stores with new display tables with glass cases to show off the Apple Watch.
Can't afford that? Chinese website Taobao is selling an Apple Watch knockoff for a mere £27.
The Apple Watch will be available to pre-order online and in-store from 10 April before it goes on sale on 24 April.
However, a report has claimed that Apple Watch stock might be in short supply at launch, with just 30 percent of units produced being deemed defect-free.
This reported lack of stock unlikely will harm the enterprise market too much, with CIOs dismissing the Apple Watch as not suitable for business.
The Apple Watch will be made available in 1.5in (38mm) and 1.7in (42mm) screen sizes and with 272x340 and 319x390 resolutions respectively. The smartwatch will feature a square display, unlike the round screen on the Moto 360, coated in a protective layer of sapphire crystal.
Apple didn't mention this, but the website confirms that the smartwatch is also certified to the IPX7 waterproof standard, which means it's protected against a "short duration of water immersion" at a depth of less than one metre.
The smartwatch will be available to pick up with different faces and straps, 34 to be precise. Buyers can mix and match these at the MixYourWatch website or try them in-store from 10 April.
The Apple Watch will run a version of iOS designed from the ground up. It supports touch navigation, but the 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 a standard watch, lets you scroll and browse through the user interface.
For example, scrolling the Digital Crown will allow you to zoom in and out on Apple's Maps app, while tapping it will take you back to the main home screen.
Apple's new 'Taptic engine' improves the mapping experience, buzzing wearers 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, the Apple Watch comes with Siri, allowing users to bark commands at their wrist and to reply to messages. On-screen typing will not be supported owing to the small screen size, but a feature called Smart Replies will allow users to choose from a number of pre-written responses for those who feel silly talking to their wrist. Those who don't will be able to answer calls from the Apple Watch.
Handoff is supported on the Apple Watch, a feature introduced alongside iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, and HomeKit and HealthKit support is included, which means users will be able to control devices in their home and track fitness levels while wearing the smartwatch.
Apple has yet to give the full rundown, but the Apple Watch is stuffed full of health and fitness sensors, and is capable of measuring heart rate, calories burned 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.
Apple had reportedly planned to install more advanced health features, such as sensors to measure stress and oxygen levels, but encountered reliability problems during testing.
There will be a number of different watch faces to choose from, which can be changed with a long press on the homescreen. Swiping up from the bottom of the display will launch a feature called Glances to swipe through recent notifications.
Apple confirmed during the event on 9 March that some third-party apps will be available from launch.
These include EasyJet, Salesforce, Shazam, WeChat and SPG Hotels, which will allow adopters to use the Apple Watch to unlock their hotel room. Philips has since confirmed to Time that it will release a Hue app for the Apple Watch, allowing customers to control lighting using the wearable/
Perhaps ensuring that London's hipster crowd are the first to pick up an Apple Watch, the firm also said that Instagram and Uber apps will be available from launch.
NFC will comes inside the device, allowing wearers to make use of the Apple Pay contactless payments service, which is also available on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets.
It's not yet clear when this will be available in the UK, but Visa tells us that it will arrive at some point this year.
Despite speculation that the Apple Watch battery might last a mere 2.5 hours with heavy application use, CEO Tim Cook claimed that it will last 18 hours on average. Wireless charging support is included.
Apple's website sheds some more light on the smartwatch's battery, revealing that users can expect around 6.5 hours of music playback, and 3.5 hours of talk time.
It also reveals that the Apple Watch will take 1.5 hours to charge to 80 percent, and 2.5 hours to full.
Other specifications include an S1 processor, Bluetooth 4.0 support, WiFi and 8GB storage.
However, as reported by 9to5Mac, the Apple Watch won't offer 8GB usable storage, and will instead offer a mere 75MB for photos and 2GB for music.
Like most smartwatches, you will need a compatible phone to use the Apple Watch. These the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5. The iPhone 4S is not supported.
We've also compared the Apple Watch with the Pebble Time Steel. µ
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