Apple Watch has a sapphire display, four sensors on the back, NFC, Apple Pay, and a choice of straps at launch — these are proprietary, not standard.
Apple also claims it’s accurate to 50ms and is the “most personal device we’ve ever created.” Probably to the surprise of many, the new watch isn’t swiss-style at all, in fact sharing much of the iPhone’s design language — curved edges and a power button on the side.
There’s also a hardware dial, just like on a regular watch, that Apple is calling a “Digital Crown,” which can be used to navigate menus, zoom into images and more. A big heads up: you’ll need an iPhone 5 or above and $350 if you want one of these when they become available “early next year.”
Tim Cook is keen to assure that his team didn’t want to create a boiled down iPhone — joking that there’s no pinch-to-zoom etc. In a similar way to how Samsung’s Gear watches work, the Apple Watch knows when you lift your wrist to look at it, and activates the display (and showing you some apps). If you were wondering about how you’ll charge it, it uses inductive charging, but actually uses something that looks quite a lot like a small MagSafe. Other rumored details that turned out to be true include the flexible display (that can apparently determine between a tap and a press), and a heart-rate monitor.
Digital Touch: This feature is Apple’s way of advancing communication. Users can draw quick images to friends, using minimal effort.Related is the Watch’s Taptic Engine, which alerts you of notifications with a simple “tap,” probably similar to a vibration. You can also use the feature to send “taps” to a friend to get his or her attention.
Animated Emoji: The little graphic images can be customized. You can send a smiley face, but you can also make it wink, or stick its tongue out with the animated new feature.
Receive calls and texts: The Watch is compatible with the iPhone 5 and beyond. It can accept texts and calls.
Analyzes texts: The Watch looks at your incoming texts and analyzes the content. Based on that, it can suggest quick replies that you can send straight from your wrist.
Walkie talkie: Using the watch’s mic, you can send quick voice messages to other users.
Measures heart rate: Using a custom heart rate sensor located on the back of the watch, you can measure your heart rate at any time. Using the Watch’s Taptic Engine, you can also send a friend your heartbeat.
Accelerometer: The Watch counts your steps, calculates the calories you’ve burned and generally measures total body activity.
Set workout goals: Already nestled in the gadget is an app called Workout. It gives you “real-time stats,” like your pace, the calories burned and time spent working out. You can set personal goals and the app will summarize your achievements. It also couples with the already-included Activity app, which gathers your daily fitness data. When you hit your goal in the Activity or Workout app, you can earn a special badge. The purpose of the badges is to gamify working out and keep you encouraged.
Siri: She’s with you on your wrist. Using the watch’s mic, you can access Siri and use it to dictate a text, or ask questions.
Maps: By asking Siri for directions, you can use the new Maps feature on the Watch. She will direct you where to turn as you walk, like an invisible guide.
Apple Pay: One of the most-talked about new Apple products is Pay, the virtual wallet that digitizes your banking information. In addition to the iPhone 6, it’s also available on the new Watch. Apple Pay can be used at various businesses, such as Whole Foods, Duane Reade, Macy’s and more.
Sensitive automatic display: When you raise your wrist, the watch display will automatically turn on (because it’s been waiting for you), and if you get an incoming call you want to ignore, simply cover the display with your hand.
Watch the official video below: