Apple Watch apps and features demoed at Apple event

Apple Watch apps and features demoed at Apple event

The Apple Watch – it is here, and you probably want one, even if you aren't willing to admit it. It is Apple's smartwatch offering and it is one worth being excited about. It is light, beautifully designed, and tightly integrated with the Apple ecosystem. But what can you do with one, anyway? The answer to this question was delivered during Apple's press event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where some of the apps and features of the Apple Watch were demonstrated on stage. And yes, the gadget does way more than counting your steps and telling you what time it is. 

The Apple Watch is designed for brief interactions – ones lasting only a few seconds – hence the simple, gesture-controlled user interface. Stock tickers, news, current Twitter trends, and updates on sports events are only at a swipe's distance, fed by the respective apps on your iPhone. Using Apple Pay, one can make payments in participating retail stores, and with the help of Passbook, they can cross security at airports as the needed barcode is shown right on the watch's display. Third-party apps like Uber, Shazam, WeChat, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and hundreds more will be available on the Apple Watch from the get-go.

But touch is not the only method of interacting with the Apple Watch. Siri is fully integrated into the device, allowing you to send commands using your voice. She is triggered with a simple press of the Watch's crown. Speaking of voice, making and answering phone calls from the wearable is possible. In fact, you don't need to be in range of your iPhone's Bluetooth radio as the two can communicate over Wi-Fi as well. When the time isn't right for a one-on-one voice conversation, you may speak out a text message or send a voice message instead. Or send a lovely sticker. Or draw a pretty picture on the Watch's screen and send it to the Watch of a special someone. 

At the same time, the Apple Watch doubles as a fitness device, monitoring your activity and measuring your pulse as you exercise. And if it detects that you have been sitting at your desk for longer than you should, it will remind you to take a 1-minute walk to get those juices inside you running again. To turn off the Apple Watch, you just cover its screen with your palm, and to charge it, you place it in its magnetic charging cradle. 

The Apple Watch starts at $350 and will go up for pre-orders on April 10. Who's excited about it?

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11 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6675; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Announced in September 2014, pre-orders will start next month, so expect them releasing it in 2 years from now. Yayyyyy

2. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Did apple allow people to test the apple watch? Or is it like the first time when you could only watch a demo movie being played on the device? How much time do you need to make a freaking watch? When will it be available for sale? The watch was announce half a year ago.

3. tacarat

Posts: 851; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I'm waiting for a video on that mess of an interface. I'm sure it's nice, but it also looks like it's not going to work for people with bigger fingers. I'm a bit disappointed that it doesn't include text entry like the Gear S. It'll sell like hotcakes. I'm just going to be sore if a better product is out sold simply due to brand name recognition.

4. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2115; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Zoom in with the digital crown.

6. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

But if I want to click on an icon located ona bottom, how will the device know I want the zoom in the bottom part?

5. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

so a normal 18hr smartwatch. cool.

7. HildyJ

Posts: 331; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

You say it has heartrate monitoring but previously Apple said they pulled that (and none of the slides show it). And while Ive does a mean render, any word on when review models will be available to you?

8. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Sorry but what does this bring to the table that other smart watches haven't been doing for 2 years at half the price??

9. v_damanha unregistered

I don't see anything extraordinary about this watch.

10. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

It has one thing other smartwatches don't have - Apple logo. You can easily charge 100% premium based on that.

11. Nathillien unregistered

I still find it useless and ugly despite all the hype. Maybe hype doesn't work on me.

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