Know About Apple’s First Smart Watch

Feb 24, 2015 by     8 Comments    Posted under: New Tech Devices, News, Tech Trends, Technology News

Apple is about to enter the world of wearable’s this April, with its first new product category since the iPad in 2010.

Tim Cook’s upcoming move Apple Watch is a personal piece of branding that says everything about the wearable. Yes, it will be loaded with plenty of new features and will also perform the same functions performed by existing wearable’s in the smartwatch market. The anxiety is building up since the time Apple announced it and the wait is expected to end in April 2015.

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The latest good news is that Apple Stores will be stocked with different straps and accessories to let you mix and match the look of the wearable when it goes on sale. Apple has promised, that owners of its smart watch will be able to make millions of different styles with customizable watch faces and interchangeable straps.

Specifications

  • Two different sizes would be available, 38mm and 42mm, and it looks like some straps will be exclusive to each size.
  • Standard Apple Watch would be followed by Apple Watch Sport and the gold Apple Watch Edition. Prices expected for the gold Apple Watch Edition is to range from $4,000 to $5,000. Apple clearly wants it to be a premium and exclusive purchase, that some straps for the 18-karat gold version will be available only to Apple’s most loyal and wealthy – customers.
  • The watch has three collections, featuring two case sizes spread across 34 individual models. The case of the watch includes a mechanism to enable straps to be interchanged. Its screen is a pressure-sensitive touch screen that can distinguish between a tap and a press, and features a dial called a digital crown, which can be turned to scroll or zoom and pressed to return to the home screen. The watch also has a button for displaying a list of contacts. The watch is charged by means of inductive charging, using a cable similar to the Magsafe cable for Apple’s Macbook.

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  • Apple designed a new font named San Francisco for the Apple Watch which they say is designed for legibility on the device’s small display. The Apple Watch will be made available in 1.5 inch and 1.7 inch screen sizes and, while Apple has yet to decide on the display resolution, the Apple Watch SDK has revealed that these will be 272×340 and 312×390, 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.

How it seems to work?

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  • Scrolling the ringlet will allow you to zoom in and out on Apple’s Maps app, while tap takes you back to the homepage.
  • Apple’s new ‘Taptic engine’ also improves the mapping experience, can also be used to send fellow Apple Watch wearers a nudge, notification alerts.
  • On the Software side, the Apple Watch comes with Siri, allowing users to give voice commands at their wrist. On-screen typing will not be supported owing to the small screen size.
  • It boasts a Retina display and a feature called ‘Force Touch’, which means the screen, knows how you are pressing it. The screen is of sapphire glass on top, which is unbreakable.
  • Also includes Bluetooth 4.0 support, WiFi and Magsafe wireless charging support, and the two models measure in at 38mm and 42mm respectively.
  • The watch, comes stuffed full of health and fitness sensors, and is able of measure heart rate and body movements. This all comes merged in to Apple’s new Activity and Workout apps.

 

How is it different from other smart watches?

The Apple’s smartwatch with new technologies, that haven’t adopted by others yet till the date is the one of the first mainstream wearable to support mobile payments: Apple Pay will be enabled via NFC, meaning you can swipe to pay at stores, and possibly pay for things online, too — and open doors at hotels, among other things.The Apple Watch uses haptic feedback, but it also has a force-sensitive display: press harder and it will do different things.

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Different types of inputs are also added: a little Digital Crown on the side, merging home button and a scroll wheel (ringlet). It aims to make zoom and scroll functions easier to pull off, while IR and photo sensors give it extra sensitivity a button below that brings up favorite friends and contacts, offer a set of buttons that don’t require the screen at all.

The amazing heart-rate tracking technology works optically, much like recent heart-rate wrist monitors, but the four-sapphire-lens array underneath seems a lot more robust, at least in external design. Apple’s watch will run its own distinct app platform. The Apple Watch puts its apps in the spotlight on the main display. Apple released it’s WatchKit API last year, counting on courting developers to make the watch do lots of things by the time it goes on sale. That could help Apple catch up to existing platforms like Android Wear…….