The release date for the new Apple Watch has come and gone, and those who placed early orders are now sporting this new device. But what are the first impressions of this gadget, and what does it actually do?
The Apple Watch in a nutshell:
- The Apple Watch is an iOS 8.2 device that is compatible with your smartphone
- It was released on April 24
- It costs between $349 (£299, AU$499) and $17,000 (£13,500, AU$24,000)
What does Apple Watch actually do?
The Apple Watch allows you to read messages, updates or notifications, without taking out your smartphone.
There are many ways to interact with the Apple Watch. You can use Siri, you can tap the watch which then works in a number of different ways. You can customise taps for certain people, which they will receive as taps to let them know you are thinking of them.
You can press two fingers on the screen, the built-in heart-rate monitor will then send this heartbeat to your friends. To receive a message simply hold up your arm, to dismiss the message place your arm down again.
Apple say that the Watch is designed for faster, smarter interactions. And this certainly seems to be the case. It’s easier to open and read emails, take phone calls on your wrist, or use your voice to dictate a message.
It also works without an iPhone, with certain apps that include Apple Pay, Passbook flight check-ins, tracking fitness progress and listening to music. It is a pretty good time keeper as well.
What does the Apple Watch Cost?
The cheapest Apple Watch is the Sport edition, which starts at $349 (£299). This is for the smaller aluminium 38mm version. If you want the larger size of 42mm you’ll have to pay $399 (£339).
The midway watches are the stainless steel collection, which begin at $549 (£479) and go up to $1099 (£949). This all depends on what bands and size you require.
Finally, there is the Gold Watch Edition, with prices from $10,000 (£8,000) to $17,000 (£13,500). These are limited edition and only sold at select Apple Stores.
Where can you buy the Apple Watch?
So far the Apple Watch is available in nine different countries; these are the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Japan.
Other countries are likely to get a slice of the Apple Watch action later on in June.
The Pros and Cons of the Apple Watch
There is no doubt that the Apple Watch is a stunning piece of technology. It is beautifully constructed, packed with innovative features, has hundreds of apps and is made using quality materials.
However, it only has 8GB of storage, which means that there are limits to the amount of data you can store. Early indications are that the battery life is short (just a day) and recharging is very slow.
With all this in mind, the Apple Watch still remains one of the cleverest devices on the market today. And there are enough good points to outweigh any shortfalls.