Bigger iPhones, sharper screens, faster speeds, and a shiny new Apple Watch! This may just be the most impressive watch ever created, only time and consumers will tell. So far here’s what you should know if you plan on purchasing the Apple Watch on April 24, 2015.
1. It looks and feels like a watch. Basically it’s not plasticky, or bulky, or just a plain ugly smart watch.
2. You can customize and pick a size. The Apple Watch is highly customizable, available in two sizes (38mm and 42mm) and three versions: Apple Watch (polished stainless steel), Apple Watch Sport (anodized aluminum), and Apple Watch Edition (believe it or not, 18-karat gold). Have fun with six different bands in stainless steel, rubber, and leather.
3. Cool Apple Watch functions. It’s a fitness monitor/sports watch combo, has a built-in mic for Siri voice control and to take phone calls, it can send and receive messages directly from the watch (it even analyzes incoming messages and automatically formulates a choice of potential outgoing replies). The backside of the watch has a heart-rate monitor under zirconium, which is used to take your pulse. The heart-rate info can be combined with input from a variety of other sensors to determine activity, calories burned, even the amount of time you spend standing vs. sitting.
4. Tap and pay. The Apple Watch supports Apple Pay– its new mobile payments system. The iPhone provides the Apple Watch with information about the items stored in its own Secure Element, and then the watch has the ability to use those items itself in order to pay wirelessly. There’s a nice security touch, too: If you take the Apple Watch off, it’ll lock and require a code before you can purchase anything, so if someone steals your watch they won’t be able to use it as a credit card.
5. It’s a touch screen. Although the Apple Watch is touch screen, the real big innovation is the little dial on the side of the watch known as the Digital Crown. The Digital Crown acts more like the iPod’s Click Wheel, basically you can use the crown to scroll through a list, zoom in and out of a map, return to the watch’s home screen, just like pressing the Home button on your iPhone. Plus, you can press the crown to access apps, bring up a contacts, and make a phone calls.
6. Not waterproof. The Apple Watch is water resistant, but not waterproof. You can wear it on a rainy day, have water splashed on it and it’ll survive, but you can’t submerge it in water.