Everything You Need To Know About The Apple Watch

Apple reveal final information about the most anticipated smartwatch so far

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The Apple Watch has been teased for a good while now but today Apple CEO Tim Cook finally shed some light on the company’s foray into the smartwatch market.

Speaking at a keynote conference in San Francisco, Cook revealed everything we can expect from the product that might just make Apple a $1tn company.

Calling the stainless steel, sapphire crystal screen device the ‘most advanced timepiece ever created’, Cook filled us in on those long-awaited details.

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Here’s what we learned.



The Apple Watch is accurate to 15 milliseconds of the Coordinated Universal Time standard, meaning it's possibly the most accurate watch on the market, smart or otherwise.

Display-wise, a range of faces are available, from a simple hands-only display to an digital face, and – strangely -– one expressing time via a blooming flower (no, us neither).  Each face will be customizable, allowing you to add details to the display including the date, a stopwatch and a reminder for your next meeting.

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Features & Apps

The watch has a new feature named 'Glances'. Just like swiping up on the iPhone lock screen, Glances will give you access to your most used features, from music to the heart rate monitor.

You can, of course, receive and reply to SMS messages on your wrist, as well as managing your emails. Plus, you can finally receive calls on your watch like a spy. 

The contact screen is available through pressing the bezel. A new feature will let you link to your friends' Apple Watches, allowing you to tap your own watch to get your friend’s attention, send them drawings and share your heart rate (should you wish to).

You can also pay with Apple Pay through your watch (much like contactless payment works) and connect to Siri just by using your voice. As on your iPhone, you'll be able to use Siri for almost anything from finding out the weather in New York to setting a reminder to pack an umbrella. 



You can also get notifications from Twitter, Facebook and anything else you can currently get on your iPhone, including viewing photos sent from your contacts, and accessing Uber and Shazam.

The most interesting part of the Apple Watch is the airport-savvy tech. Your boarding pass can be displayed on the screen and the barcode there can be used to pass through security (although you'll still have to take your shoes off).

And, when you land on the other side, you'll be able to use your watch as your hotel room key. 

If your family back home have lost their keys while you're away, you can dictate a message to them, then open certain locks on your house via an app on your phone. Your watch will also display a live feed of the house doors, ensuring you're letting the right person inside. 


The Apple Watch will track movement and how long you’re exercising for, sending you a reminder if you’re sat for too long. This will be displayed in a circular homepage icon, displaying all information in one graphic. At the end of the week you’ll be sent a summary, with a new movement target for the week ahead.

The workout app will do everything you’d expect, including displaying the distance you’ve covered, calories burned and how long you’ve been moving for.

The watch also promises 18 hours of battery life to keep going as long as you can. The device is chargable via a magnetic charger. 

Release date, models and prices

Apps will be avaiable from the iStore, via iOS8.2. Here you can learn about the watch before you get one and download information on how to set up the Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch will be available in three designs:

1 | The Apple Watch Sport is made from aluminium and is available in silver or Space Grey with coloured bands, from $349 – $399 (£230 - £263).

2 | The Apple Watch Collection is available in both polished metal and black with either a linked or chain strap, from $549 (£62).

3 | The Apple Watch Edition is a limited edition 18 carat solid gold watch, available from $10,000 -$17,000 (£6,610 - £13,500) in select retail stores only.


Preorders begin from 10 April, the Apple Watch is available 24 April. apple.com


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