Apple has finally rolled out Apple Watch at an event held at Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, which is designed to serve as a timepiece, a communication device and a health and fitness companion. Starting April 10, Apple Watch will be available for pre-order through the Apple’s online store in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, UK and the US. On April 24, it will be available online in Apple’s retail stores and select Apple authorized resellers in China and Japan.
The watch will be available in three collections – The Apple Watch Sport priced at $349 (approx Rs 21,908) and $399 (approx Rs 25,000), Apple Watch priced between $549 (approx Rs 34,400) and $1,099 (approx Rs 68,800) and the Apple Watch Edition built from custom rose or yellow 18-karat gold alloys starting at $10,000 (approx Rs 6,27,500). It works with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 8.2 or later.
It comes in 38mm and 42mm sizes, with different watch faces such as Astronomy, Solar, Modular, Timelapse, Utility, Motion, Photo and Mickey Mouse and interchangeable straps like Sport Band, the Leather Loop, Link Bracelet, Classic Buckle, Modern Buckle and Milanese Loop. It also features four sensors that make up heart-rate monitor, an accelerometer to measure body movement, and uses the Wi-Fi and GPS features on the iPhone to track distance.
The Apple Watch’s Taptic Engine will vibrate when one receives a new notification and its Glances feature allows users to see information like weather forecast, their current location on a map or the music they are listening to. Also, with the help of this, one can pay for coffee using Apple Pay, board a plane with a Passbook boarding pass, or just raise their wrist to ask Siri for turn-by-turn directions in Maps.
Also, the watch includes an Activity app to track user daily activities and store all that information and Workout app shows real-time information such as calories burned and distance traveled and also helps set goals.
Currently the watch is getting mixed reactions from consumers online. Will you buy it?