There’s also new workout app that provides detailed metrics about your workout such your distance, time or calories burned.
The Apple Watch is a ‘companion’ to iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 smartphones, as it needs to be connected in order to perform many of the features. To support this, iOS 8.2, which includes the Apple Watch ‘app’ is available for download today.
In real world use, one of the first things that we noticed when trying on the watch is that it’s significantly thinner than most of the smart watches available today. Much of these are quite chunky, while the Apple Watch is svelte and lightweight. Also, the screen is excellent, in terms of legibility and brightness, and you can’t see any pixels thanks to the Retina resolution.
The ‘digital crown’ interface is a great way to interact with the onboard apps, and has a very precise and smooth action. There’s also a button beneath the dial to call up your contacts. Add to this the touch-screen, and navigating the Apple Watch is intuitive and allows direct access to many functions.
When trying on the $14,000 model in 18 karat rose gold, it is certainly beautiful, with exquisite detailing in the band and buckle, and feels very special on the wrist.
However, the given that smart-watches will become obsolete when the new models arrive, this top-of-the-range version will probably only appeal to those who are very wealthy and must have the very best, and probably have a large watch collection already. Also interesting is that the watch’s value could appreciate over time if the price of gold goes up.
Where and when?
So when can you get your hands on one? Pre-orders start on the 10th of April, and you’ll also be able to go into an Apple store in Australia to try one out, and actual sales will begin on the 24th of April. Will there be a queue lined up around the block on launch day? Only time will tell.
Valens Quinn travelled to the Apple Spring Forward event in San Francisco as a guest of Apple Australia.