What Is the Apple Watch?

By Kacey Kroh, Abshier House, Abshier House

Apple has recently launched a new device in their iOS lineup called the Apple Watch. This watch was designed by Apple Inc., as a means to get you to interact more with the world around you instead of being fixated to the screen of your iPhone.

Apple Watch connects to your iPhone’s data connection to sync time to Apple servers in California and boasts precise time keeping within a 50-millisecond error range to the definitive world standard time.

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Since Apple has invested so much into the “i” branding, you would expect the new device to be called iWatch. Unfortunately an underdog company that goes by the name of SNEER beat Apple to the punch. What this essentially means is that Apple couldn’t use the more popular name; however, the iWatch made by SNEER is in no way associated with Apple and fails to “deliver” in comparison to the real deal.

Apple Watch features

As well as including one of the world’s most precise timepieces; the new Apple Watch comes with some pretty groovy features that really optimize the potential of your iPhone and Mac computer. The features included are as follows:

  • Apple Pay — NF (near field) ID microchips that have been added to some car keys, credit cards, and mobile devices have now been implemented into the watch to make Apple Pay easier to use than ever. Simply double-click the side button of the watch.

    If you have more than one credit card on file with your Apple Pay Wallet, choose the card you would like to use and hold the face of the watch near the contactless credit card reader. A light vibration or pulse will occur, and the watch will make a quiet chime to confirm the payment has been made.

    No more swiping credit cards and remembering pins or having to sign your name; your privacy and fraud-protection are guaranteed when making payments with Apple Pay.

  • Wrist-Tap — Apple claims the new device is more discrete than ever since the Apple Watch is synced and connected to your iPhone or Mac via a Bluetooth connection. The notifications and sounds the computer and phone make are presented on the screen of the watch instead and accompanied by a quiet chime and a gentle wrist-tap. You can even turn off the chime, and be alerted only by the pulse the watch makes when a notification comes in.

  • Health and Fitness Companion — The new Apple Watch comes packed with sensors to detect and analyze your movement to determine your daily routine. After the watch analyzes how you move and how often, it will give you suggestions on what to do to change your routine while still tracking your movements in real-time.

    The watch also will tell you if you have reached your daily goal or not and provide extra information such as steps walked, heart rate, calories burned, work out tips, and so on.

  • Customization — The big “idea” behind the Apple Watch was not only to get people away from their phones and back into society, but it is a device designed with you in mind. Essentially you have the control to customize this device to your taste preferences and style.

    Unlike the 1-billionth iPhone you have seen, the watch can be customized by changing the wristband to really any wristband of your liking. The watch also comes in different finishes like aluminum, stainless steel, and even real 18-karat gold!

    On top of being customizable on the outside the watch also has different timepiece faces you can choose from within the device’s Settings app. With the number of combinations available, you won’t see a billion of the same device on everyone’s wrists.

Apple Watch type and cost

There are three types of Apple Watch to choose from: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition. The three types can be purchased in two different sizes: 38mm and 42mm (female and male versions) and with different wristbands.

  • Apple Watch

    This mid-range model comes in two finishes — stainless steel and space black stainless steel — and includes a sapphire crystal display and six different types of wristbands to choose from. You can even use a wristband not sold with the watch if you want an even more unique look. The projected price tier for this model depends on finishes and wristbands chosen and starts in the high $600s USD.

  • Apple Watch Sport

    This bottom-line model comes in two finishes — both anodized aluminum but in either silver or space grey — and includes an ion-X glass screen. This model comes with only one wristband option but with six color choices to still provide that final touch of customization. With a projected price starting at $349 USD, this is still an expensive entry-model device.

  • Apple Watch Edition

    This top-of-the-line model comes in 18-karat yellow or rose-tinted gold and includes a sapphire crystal display and exquisitely crafted bands and closures. This model is in the fine jewelry category so expect to pay a lot more than the other two models with projected pricing in the thousands! Yikes!

Pricing will drop the longer the device is on the market, so if you are looking to purchase this product but it’s not in your budget, you can wait for a price reduction. Maybe you can buy at least the mid-grade version with more wristband options without breaking the bank.