Apple showed off its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at its Keynote conference in Cupertino today. Apple’s new iPhone’s was yet again a hit and a testament to Apple’s ability to design great products and market them. There was jubilation and excitement now that the new iPhones were finally here but it wasn’t the only thing Apple had to show off today.
Rumors had been circulating for quite some time about the possibility of Apple getting into the smartwatch market. As with most rumors we usually tend to chalk them up to just that and dismiss them until the next set of new rumors arrive. Strangely, this time around the same rumors were popping up over and over again. Apple being the secretive company it has always been offered no clarity but we all liked the idea of a smartwatch possibly being created by them because we knew what we would be getting if they did so.
Here we are in 2014 and smartwatches have become more and more common. Samsung has created a series of pretty good smartwatches, as well as Pebble, LG, and most recently Motorola with the Moto 360 just to name a few. These wearables are now everywhere. All of them are pretty good and whether or not it’s worth your money or not is up to you. There are a lot of options and Apple came to narrow down your choices to just one. The Apple Watch
Aside from its unoriginal and generic sounding name the Apple Watch is anything but, it’s well designed, sleek and looks like something anyone would wear and not just the Apple fanatic. From what Apple showcased today this looks to be just the beginning of a full on experiment into the realm of wearable tech which is a complicated bridge to gap. The problem with smartwatches as I see it has always been how to get a watch to perform some complex tasks and still remain just a watch at its core.
Apple proceeded to show off some features of the watch including its main feature which is the “Digital Crown”. It’s a scroll dial on the upper right hand side of the watch that allows you control certain functions based on the app in use or if you’re just on the home screen and you need to scroll through your available apps. Just below you have a home/power button and a beautiful scratch proof sapphire crystal display to enjoy all that Apple software on.
The Apple Watch has a multitude of customizable bands as well offering the Watch in three categories: Watch, Sport and Edition. Apple was vague about how these options will change the price or even if there is a change but introductory pricing starts at $349. But I can only assume that since they’re offering it in three categories there is NO doubt that there’s going to be a price difference especially considering the Edition series is an 18 karat gold set of watches altogether.
Apple didn’t offer much in terms of specifics with pricing but the intro price should give you some indication that this is considered a premium device. If you’re looking to get your hands on one I’m sure you won’t be the only one. Millions will be doing their best to get their hands on one and if you’re an Applehead I can almost bet you want to rock one on your wrist but it’ll have to wait until sometime in 2015. No official date has been announced as of yet but you can always check back here or Apple’s website to get some info on release of the Apple Watch…look out for it