Apple Watch has been announced, and all versions of the wearable smartwatch will be available on Friday, April 24.
During Apple's Media event in San Francisco, the company announced new details regarding its Apple Watch wearable series. The iPhone compatible smartwatch, will be available in a variety of price ranges, from $349 for the entry-level sports model, up to $17.000 for the top-tier version built with 18-karat gold.
The prices don't include an iPhone, which is mandatory to use the smartwatch. So taking that into consideration, you have to add at least several hundreds to the price-point. There are 3-variants announced right now, each situated in a price-bracket.
Apple Watch Sport - Starts at $350 for 38mm or $400 for the 42mm
Apple Watch - Starts at $550 and scales to $1099, depending on the chosen brand
Apple Watch Edition - Starts at $10,000.
So what do you get from this price-tag?
The Sport edition is made out of a customized aluminum alloy, composite back, and Ion-X glass screen. It comes in silver or space gray and has color bands of high-performance plastic.
The Apple Watch has a stainless steel case, a ceramic back and a sapphire crystal screen. It comes in silver and black, and depending on the choice of bands the pricing can vary.
Lastly there's the Edition Apple watch that has an 18-karat gold body, with a ceramic back and sapphire-crystal screen. It comes in regular and rose-gold colors, and the bands also make the price vary.
The watch bands are priced from $60 all the way up to many hundreds of dollars, impacting the cost of the Apple Watch.
What does the Apple Watch do?
The wearable device has some new technologies that are not implemented in other smartwatches, yet. It comes with "Taptic" feedback, vibrations on the watch like those from Android Wear, but with a wider array of vibration styles, and with a force-sensitive display.
The small Digital Crown on its side merges the home button with a scroll wheel. It's made to help make pinch-to-zoom and scroll functions easier to access.
Lastly, you have the heart-rate tracking technology that works optically, like the most recent hear-rate wrist monitor, but using a four-sapphire lens array.
You can also use Apple enabled via NFC, which enables you to swipe and pay at stores, and maybe even pay for things online, too.
What about the Apps?
The Apple Watches can be interacted with in a dozen ways, from galnceable notifications, to the "taptic" feedback, to Siri, and more. This according to the WatchKit API spread around to developers last year.
Using a direct-communication app suite called Digital Touch, Apple Watch can also communicate to other Apple Watch, from emoji to vibration-based taps, or audio messages like walkie-talkies.
Preorders for the Apple Watch Edition will open on April 10, and the available will be made available alongside the other models later in month. Apple has announced Apple Watch has a battery designed for "all-day" use, or better yet said, about 18 hours.