At the event we were able to witness a few apps in action, including Uber, Instagram, a W Hotel app where you could check-in and use the Apple Watch as a room key, along with Shazam for music, Alarm.com for opening a garage door remotely and Apple Pay for buying things. Other apps include Nike+ Running, Twitter and more.
We were also treated to a range of different watch faces, including the traditional clock face, extra ‘complications’, which are sort of like customisable notifications that appear on the watch face such as calendar appointments or a stop-watch. We liked the simplified face with just the ‘hands’ and, of course, the always-fun Mickey Mouse face.
‘Glances’ is a feature that allows you to check things very quickly for information that you need often by swiping up from the bottom. For example, you can control your music, check your heart rate, view calendar events or the weather forecast.
On the communication front, you can receive messages right from your wrist through a ‘haptic’ alert that ‘taps’ your wrist.
You can receive calls with a built-in speaker and microphone or read full emails and messages. Pressing the side-button to bring up a collection of your friends, and you can use the smoothly operating digital crown to make your selection.
The ‘Digital Touch’ feature will let you draw a sketch on your watch, and it will draw exactly as you drew it on your friend’s Apple Watch. You can also send your heat beat for an intimate touch.
Like many smart-watches, the Apple Watch is also a health and fitness companion. It tracks daily movement, reminds you if you’ve been sitting too long and presents your fitness information as a simple 3-ring graphic.
There are reminders for you to be more active, and a ‘fitness coach’ will even send you a report on how you did the previous week, and set new targets for the week ahead.