An introduction to the Apple Watch

There are only a few days to go until Apple’s new wearable gadget, the Apple Watch becomes available for pre-order on the 10th April.

The Apple Watch will have three editions, varying in materials and luxury: the Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, and Apple Watch Edition.

The entry-level watch and probably the biggest seller, Apple Watch Sport has an anodized aluminium case (which is lighter than stainless steel), with a display protected by Ion-X glass. It’s the lightest member of the Apple Watch family, which should make it a perfect exercise partner. Prices start at £299 for the Apple Watch Sport with Sport Band.

Next up is the Apple Watch; made of stainless steel with a sapphire crystal touch screen which is more scratch-resistant than the current iPhone 6. The Apple Watch comes in a shiny chrome or a space black finish. Prices range between £479 and £949 depending on whether you buy the 38mm or 42mm case and which band you choose.

Finally we get to the Apple Watch Edition. Starting at £8,000 with a casing made from a special 18-carat yellow or rose gold alloy that is between two and four times harder than typical gold. The Apple Watch Edition comes in a luxurious leather box that doubles as a charging cradle. It's one of the most expensive products Apple has ever produced and the brand's first attempt at creating a real luxury item. 

Whether you choose the most basic Apple Watch Sport or splash out on the eye-wateringly expensive Watch Edition, you will be getting exactly the same electronics and features. The watch has a limited collection of sensors: a gyroscope, accelerometer and a sensor on the back of the case that uses visible-light and infrared LEDs along with photodiodes, to determine your heart rate. The Apple Watch can also talk to your iPhone’s GPS and Wi-Fi to help with figuring out location and other information.

You will be able to make and receive phone calls, as well as transfer calls to your iPhone or a Bluetooth device. The Apple Watch will be water resistant, but not waterproof. Battery life has been a tricky issue for Apple developers they say the watch will have all-day battery life, which means up to 18 hours of use.

It will certainly be interesting to see if Apple can once again make a massive success by reinventing a product that has been around for some time. Smartwatches have been available for a couple of years now and have enjoyed limited success. However, with Apple now entering the fray it’s very possible one day the smartwatch will replace your smartphone.

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Posted: 05 April 2015