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Apple Watch release date, price and specs

Updated Everything you need to know about Apple's debut wearable device
Wed Jan 28 2015, 10:51

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
After confirming in September that the Apple Watch would be available in "early 2015", Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed that the wearable will arrive on the shelves in April, despite speculation that it would arrive in March.

Price
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 iGen.fr 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 18-carat rose gold version with 15.14 carats of diamonds can be pre-ordered now via third-party jeweller Mervis Diamond. 

Specifications
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 be 272x340 and 312x390 respectively.

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

It supports touch navigation, but the 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 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, 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 also comes with Siri, allowing users to bark commands at their wrist. On-screen typing will not be supported owing to the small screen size.
 
The Apple Watch boasts a Retina display and a feature called 'Force Touch', which means the screen knows how hard you are pressing it. The screen also comes with toughened sapphire glass on top, which means it should be difficult to break.
 
There's Bluetooth 4.0 support, WiFi and Magsafe wireless charging support, and the two models measure in at 38mm and 42mm respectively.

The watch, as rumours had suggested, comes stuffed full of health and fitness sensors, and is capable of measuring 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 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.

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

That claim might be optimistic, however, as a more recent report has claimed that the Apple Watch battery might last a mere 2.5 hours with heavy application use.

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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