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Apple Watch: all there is to know

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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


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posted on 10 Sep 2014, 03:21

1. sriuslywtf (Posts: 297; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Yay..

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 03:28 1

2. dapsta (Posts: 20; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


What is the resolution?

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 03:36 2

3. dapsta (Posts: 20; Member since: 22 Nov 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.

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 03:59 5

4. android_hitman (unregistered)


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

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 04:41 3

7. Python212 (Posts: 363; Member since: 13 Aug 2014)


12 hours LOL

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 04:51

39. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 332; Member since: 03 Jul 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..

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 04:09 2

6. damokles (unregistered)


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

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 04:42

8. Python212 (Posts: 363; Member since: 13 Aug 2014)


LOL good one

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 04:30

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".

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 06:04 2

11. tedkord (Posts: 14114; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


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

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 06:47

14. NexusPhan (Posts: 632; Member since: 11 Jul 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.

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 08:44 1

19. jmonteiro829 (Posts: 216; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


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

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 14:13

32. CreeDiddy (Posts: 957; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Most likely 240x240 or 320x320

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 11:59

38. xondk (Posts: 1904; Member since: 25 Mar 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.

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 04:08 2

5. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


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

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 09:42 1

30. jesusnexo (unregistered)


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

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 05:25 1

9. refillable (Posts: 1070; Member since: 10 Mar 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.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 14:19

33. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 433; Member since: 06 Jan 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.

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 05:41 2

10. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


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

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 06:05 8

12. tedkord (Posts: 14114; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I have to admit you must be high.

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 06:34 3

13. bigmaster (Posts: 198; Member since: 05 Sep 2014)


LOL!! Nope just a royal Apple iFan

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 06:47 1

15. NexusPhan (Posts: 632; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


But certainly not Motorola.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 03:34

23. AppleCultist (banned) (Posts: 335; Member since: 18 Feb 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.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 14:22

34. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 433; Member since: 06 Jan 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.

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 07:20 1

16. rob5150 (Posts: 175; Member since: 31 Oct 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 .

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 08:40

18. Fallout09 (Posts: 421; Member since: 17 Oct 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.

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 08:27 2

17. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 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.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 14:23

35. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 433; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


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

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 03:52 2

20. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


The best smartwatch so far...

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 03:29 1

22. Tritinum (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 May 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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