We’re here at the Apple ‘Spring Forward’ event in San Francisco to get our hands on the Apple Watch. Here’s our quick report on our impressions and the latest announcements.
Models and prices
First off, we now have more details about the Apple Watch models and pricing. There are three different versions including the Apple Watch ‘Sport’, Apple Watch and Apple Watch ‘Edition’.
Starting with the Sport, which features a specially designed black or silver anodized aluminium alloy case and polymer band in 5 colours. The sport has a hardened Ion-X glass face, and comes in 38 and 42mm sizes. The Sport starts at $499 and ranges up to $579, depending on size and band choices.
Next is the more upmarket model, the Apple Watch, which uses Apple’s own version of highly polished stainless steel, and gains a harder sapphire crystal to cover the retina display. You can choose from silver and space grey cases.
There are three different leather straps, a stainless steel link bracelet and Milanese loop, and a black or white Sport Band. There are 38 and 42mm case sizes, and prices start at $799 and go up to $1,629.
On the top end is the limited-supply Apple Watch Edition, with a case in 18 karat gold or rose gold and there’s a polished sapphire crystal to protect the 38 or 42mm face.
The 18 karat gold alloy has been specially developed to be twice as hard as standard gold, and this same gold is also used on the buckles, pins and fasteners found in the unique collection of watch straps. Prices start at $14,000, and no top end price has been announced as the ‘Edition’ may see some very unique models that go well upwards of this.
In terms of features and specifications, much of this was revealed at the same time as the iPhone 6 late last year, however, we now know that the Apple Watch’s battery life is rated at 18 hours, which should see a good day’s worth of charge in real-world use.
Apple’s Tim Cook said that the Apple Watch is the most advanced timepiece ever created, and it certainly beats out some traditional watches with its accuracy, which is within 50 milliseconds of the Universal Time Standard (UTC).