Apple Watch: all there is to know

Article updated on March 6, 2015

You know what they say: better late than never. This certainly applies to Apple's soon-to-come entry into the wearables market -- something we've been anxiously waiting to happen for what feels like quite a long time. 

The company's first smartwatch, dubbed the Apple Watch, comes in two sizes and features a custom-made, mini operating system (that is not iOS) with a very unique approach to the form factor. For example, the Apple Watch is almost touch-free -- you use touches only to pan around. For most of the work, you instead have to make use of what the company is calling "Digital Crown" -- a jog dial on the side that lets you cycle through menus. But that's not all -- Siri, Apple's digital assistant, is also present with the Watch, and you'll also be able to route transactions through the company's new Apple Pay service for mobile payments. Also welcome are the news that Apple will be opening up its new smartwatch for third-party developers through the WatchKit SDK. 

Now that Apple has officially announced its follow-up event, set to take place on March 9, we're bringing you a complete refresher with the collection of posts you'll find below. Feel free to browse through it and get up to speed with all the details surrounding Apple's Watch. Stay tuned for our coverage of the event!

Announcement and design

Hardware, features, battery life

Price and release date



1. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013


2. dapsta

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

What is the resolution?

3. dapsta

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I ask because all they have said is that it is retina, but apple made up that term and the actual resolution could be anything. I guess I want to know if the actual screen looks as good as the renders.

4. android_hitman unregistered

and what is the battery life? I am more interested in these facts than on the moon phases.

7. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

12 hours LOL

39. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

As long as its at least 16 hours (the amount of time i'm awake on any given day) i couldn't care less. I have no problem charging it every night, and i can't see why anyone else would..

6. damokles unregistered

If it's retina and the human eye can't see the pixels - why even care about pixel density man?

8. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

LOL good one

21. damokles unregistered

thx, I like to respond to people that don't get the difference between "you don't see the difference because the pixel density is enough" and "compare stuff like back in the cold war".

11. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Because retina is a tech weenie term Apple marketing made up with no real connection to the real world.

14. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Because a real world display where the human eye can no longer detect pixels at normal viewing distances is FAR greater than what Apple likes to label as a retina display. That's why. That's why they increased the PPI on the iPhone 6.

19. jmonteiro829

Posts: 264; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

People keep saying this until they match up a 720P display with a 4k display. Tell me if you can see the difference!!

32. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2246; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Most likely 240x240 or 320x320

38. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yeah.....unneeded resolution on a device that is going to have a very very limited battery space... Apple and all other tech companies, stop being idiots, switch to epaper, no one needs the high refresh rate and such on a watch, visibility is key especially for a watch, and epaper cannot really be beat on that since it is physical color. Meh.

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

How often does it upload my personal health data to Apple and how often is my data then sold to data brokers?

30. jesusnexo unregistered

if you are worried about that just stop using the internet, forever.

9. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Looks cool, but G watch R seems a lot better in terms of design... Otherwise it would be pretty interesting to see a comparison between this and the G Watch R plus the 360 as they apple might bring something new and interesting in this wearable world unlike in the smartphone which looked like they are just trying to play catch-up with other Android brands.

33. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Have you put a G watch R on your wrist? I have and it is way to bulky. Not to mention the screen isn't glass. I have no doubt the Apple Watch will feel and look way better than the R. If the R could have done away with the extended case that pretty much covers up your whole wrist, then I more than likely would have bought one.

10. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

I have to admit this watch is a killer, probably a couple of years ahead than Samsung's, LG's or SONY's

12. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I have to admit you must be high.

13. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

LOL!! Nope just a royal Apple iFan

15. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

But certainly not Motorola.

23. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

No sane person could possibly like the design of the iWatch. The ones who say they do don't actually like it, but say they do because they're Applesexuals.

34. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I agree and I wear a 360 everyday. Unlike these moronic commenters, I couldn't care less what company produces a product. I judge a product by what it is, not who made it.

16. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

In the article it says that it's not a touch interface. That most of the work is using the knob on the side. I'm sorry . that's a fail. And from the side it looks like a lump of cookie dough .

18. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Here what I would expect to hear. Apple felt that smart watch touch screen technology is not at the level of performance we are looking for and we are not willing to compromise battery life to add a "baked" in feature. Finally here at Apple, we were going with a super thin look and adding in a touch display would have compromised our overall industry leading design aesthetics.

17. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Not sure how I feel about a dial controlling everything. Will have to test it but I assume for now that swiping is better.

35. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Dial gives more control and you won't miss click on things like you do with a touch watch.

20. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

The best smartwatch so far...

22. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

design wise its nice but nobody really knows about the internals, battery life, etc so can't really say its an overall good watch.

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