This week the much awaited Apple Watch was finally launched in a media held in San Francisco. Here are some of the details about the Watch.
As expected Apple Watch is going to be an expensive gadget specifically designed to capture the high-end segment of the market. The mid-tier watch made of stainless steel will have the base price of $549 and can be as expensive as $1,099, depending on the watch’s band configuration and its size.
The Watch price for its 18-karat gold model will go up to as high as $17,000 after starting from $10,000. The gold model will be a limited edition watch. The basic entry level sports model will cost as much as $349, which will for the smaller sized watch of 38 mm; whereas the 42 mm sports watch will be priced at $399.
According to HIS consultants’ Ian Fogg, “Apple’s pricing demonstrates the confidence it has in the new Apple Watch’s functionality, design and consumer appeal.”
As expected Apple Watch has all the basic features, which will allow the wearer to check emails, Facebook notifications, Twitter Trends, WeChat messages, texts and phone calls etc. the watch will be compatible with iPhone through Bluetooth.
The Apple Watch will also feature other apps for instance an app created by BMW that allows users to open the car using only their watch; moreover passengers travelling through United Airlines will be able to check into the schedule flight through their watch.
The user can also interact with Siri through the watch, receive phone calls and of course the much hyped feature of health tracking.
The watch will be powered by iOS 8.2 and will be able to run simple apps on its interface.
The release date
The Apple Watch will be available for pre-order from the 10th of April; whereas the gadget will go on sale from the 24th of April this year. The Watch will be launched only a few selective countries initially; these countries are;
- United States
- Apple’s new favorite and strong market China
- United Kingdom
- Hong Kong
More countries will be added to the list later.
The battery life
Apple has faced a lot of criticism for its iPhone’s battery life and the tech giant will have the same issue with its Apple Watch as well, which will have to be recharged almost every night. On average, during the day, the Watch will give you 18 hours, which is not that bad considering the fact that its Bluetooth will mostly be on because of iPhone connectivity.
What are the experts saying?
According to Strategy Analytics’ Neil Mawston, “the Apple Watch is the catalyst to ignite the global smartwatch market”.
eMarketer’s Cathy Boyle believes that the wearable market needs some catalyst to get it buzzing with competition and thinks Apple Watch can do exactly that; Boyle says the market is in dire need of “a magic product to spark adoption”; however she continued on to say that smartphones are already doing what the Watch will do; therefore Boyle believes that “So, to succeed with a smart watch, Apple needs to create a compelling use case for the device, a feature set that offers far more than simply saving consumers the few seconds it takes to pull a smartphone out of a pocket or purse.”