Specifications: new processor and advanced sensors
The clock is powered by a dedicated processor that is named S1. It is a miniature processor which also contains a number of peripherals on the same chip, which together manage the clock all the features.
On the back of Apple Watch are four sensors behind the extremely durable safirglaslinser. The reading of the light from the led lights with both visible and infrared light to measure the wearer’s heart rate. In addition, there is an accelerometer that measures movement. The clock uses your phone’s built-in gps and Wi-Fi connection, there are features that draw much battery and would likely worsen the watch’s battery life significantly.
Apple Watch is also equipped with something they call for “taptic engine”, likely a merging of “tap”, poking or tapping, and “haptic”, touch. It is a new type of notifications that uses both vibration and sound to alert you to events. For example, if you use the clock to navigate can it give you different vibration patterns depending on whether to turn right or left, to ensure you avoid watching the screen.
The screen is covered by either specially hardened glass (sport model) or Sapphire (in the other two). It’s not just a touchscreen but also feel the pressure. This means that it can notice the difference between a simple touch on the screen, for example, to answer a call or press the play button on the music player, and a harder pressure can open a hidden menu, or access an extra function. Apple calls it the Force Touch and technique is rumored to even get to the next-generation Iphone.
The watch is sold with six different bracelet, and it shall be possible to switch the bracelet. These include the sportier arm band in plastic, classic leather bracelets and several different designs in metal.
According to 800Zipcodes.com, these LED bracelets is then divided into three different collections. The simplest is called simply for “Apple Watch”, with a stainless steel enclosure. The other is sportkollektionen in anodised aluminium, which according to Apple is 60 percent stronger. Next comes the “Apple Watch Edition” in 18 carat gold, according to Apple themselves twice as hard as gold tends to be.
The watch comes in two sizes, and both the model in steel and gold has two different color choices, making it a total of 68 different varieties to choose from at launch.
On Apple’s “Spring Forward” event March 9 announced that Tim Cook Apple Watch will go on sale april 24, in nine countries: Australia, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, China, United Kingdom, Germany and the United States. Pre-orders will take from 10 april.
When it comes to Sweden is at present unknown, but given how quickly Apple has rolled out new products to the rest of the world in the last few years, we would be surprised if it takes more than a few months.
Apple announced at the first presentation of the Apple Watch that prices should start with 349 dollars in the United States for the Sport model, which has a plastic bracelet and is the one that most resembles fitnessarmband and today’s smart watches.
Apple Watch, the “standard model” of steel, will start at $549 with sportarmband and then it costs more the finer the bracelet you want.
Both the Sport and the standard model costs 50 dollars extra if you want it a little larger version at 42 mm.
The bracelets, which are available to has already been posted at Apple’s Store in the United States, and have the following prices:
- Sport Band: $49
- Leather Loop: $149
- Milanese Loop: $149
- Modern Buckle: $249
- Link Bracelet: $449
The gold model, Apple Watch Edition, will be produced in limited edition and only available in select Apple retail stores with prices starting at $10,000 and going up to at least 17, 000 dollars with gold bracelets.
Swedish prices said to be adjusted for the lower Crown. If the new prices on Macbook Air and Pro is any indication, we would guess at between 3 495 and 3 995 kronor for the cheapest model (32 mm).
Keep in mind that you also need to have an Iphone 5 or higher to use Apple Watch.
The associated App
With the beta version of IOS 8.2 Apple has begun to let developers develop apps for Apple Watch, and has also revealed the app that will control the settings of the clock and how it interacts with the Iphone.
Details about the app has been leaked by 9 to 5 Mac who also has seen the screenshots and its icon. Appsimilator has also built an interactive demo of the Apple Watch interface, so you can get a taste of how it gets to use it.
We can see how you will be able to set the home screen on the watch via the Iphone app.
Watchkit – developer opportunities
Apple has developed API for third-party developers is called Watch Kit and by examining the possibilities this offers, we can get a better picture of what Apple Watch can be.
Apple says, for example, to the developers that they should think about Apple Watch interactions as something that takes seconds rather than minutes. Watch apps Iphone Apps to complement and not replace them. When first released, all third-party apps require connection to an Iphone app but later also standalone applications become possible.
In addition to apps, developers can develop custom notifications for their Iphone Apps, which appear in a unique way on the clock.
The screen on the smaller model of the watch is 240×272 pixels while the larger has 390×312 pixels. Apps must of course work just as well on both and Apple points out that its contents must be the same even if the exact layout may differ.
Battery and charging
Apple Watch is charging by induction, which means you won’t be linked into any cord without putting a magnet on the back of the case. The battery itself is naturally quite small and the most recent information says that Apple expects approximately 18 hours of normal use.
Tim Cook has said that he is charging it every night because he uses it so much, and think that most customers also will do it.
Recently it was revealed that Apple to increase battery life, among other things, has added a power saver feature called Power Reserve that allows only the clock function are kept for as long as most of the components are put to sleep and therefore does not draw any power.
Various analysts have come up with different figures for how many watches Apple might sell in the first year, and they end up between 10 and 60 million units.
Surveys from Quartz and Futuresource provides different pictures, but the price seems to be a major obstacle for many, while the interest in the product as such is high and increasing. FutureSource measured both in May and June last year and then had the number that responded that they are very interested in a smart watch has increased from 4 to 9 percent.
But Apple Watch will never come close to Apple’s big cash cow Iphone. First, an Iphone to use it which of course means that the potential market is smaller. Secondly, it is not all that needs a wearable product that Apple Watch while virtually everyone needs a cell phone.
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