The Apple Watch was tested in gyms and climate-controlled environments simulating Alaska and Dubai

The Apple Watch was tested in gyms and climate-controlled environments simulating Alaska and Dubai
Born in a sweaty gym and field-tested in Alaska. What is it? It's the Apple Watch, dear! See, ABC's Good Morning America had the rare privilege of visiting the place where the Apple Watch - or at least a significant part of it - was born. And that place... was the gym. It was where Apple tested the watch's fitness tracking capabilities, strapping obscured prototypes on largely unsuspecting employees who did yoga, rowing, and other workout activities with it. 

Being Apple, Apple went as far as to set up test chambers that recreate the conditions Apple Watch owners will face in different parts of the world, down to atmospheric conditions, altitude, temperature, humidity, and more variables. These control environment tests were followed by field testing in actual places like Alaska and Dubai - obviously, the Apple team isn't afraid of temperature extremes!

The Apple Watch can measure burned calories, heart rate, and health data in real time. The company's director of fitness and health technologies, Jay Blahnik, boasted that Apple has amassed "one of the world's largest pieces of data on fitness", and claimed that this is just the beginning. According to him, Apple's research in health could have a great impact on the medical and fitness industries. So if you see your doctor donning an Apple Watch, don't give him/her the stink-eye. That goes to you too, Android fans!

via Digital Trends

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39 Comments

1. engineer-1701d unregistered

hahahahhaha ok whatever anything to help people put mind at ease for spending 700 on a smartwatch, no different from any other on the planet.

2. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

You can get one for $350, which is still really expensive for a watch, but if you're paying $700 it's because you consciously chose to do so.

7. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

350 for a female version. 400 bucks for guys. Stop spreading lies. Also the base model looks like a toy from a happy meal box.

13. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

hmm there is no such thing as a female one the size different is minuscule 38 vs 42 MM and it is pretty big already so the 350 is might be good for anyone if they dont want too big of a face.

37. sgodsell

Posts: 7428; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So if Samsung, Motorola, Asus, and others can make Stainless steel smart watches that cost anywhere from $199 - $250. They can also use regular off the shelf watch straps/bands. Basically offer the same functionality. Yet the Apple Watch Sport is an Aluminum watch with a rubberized band for me would cost me $400. I am not a small person. Also they can say what ever they want about aluminum, but at the end of the day it will NEVER be as strong as steel. So the steel version for me is now $600, and once again that is with a rubberized band. It doesn't change the fact that its still expensive.

39. Philipand96

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

"The Apple Watch was tested in gyms and climate-controlled environments simulating Alaska and Dubai" & "The Apple Watch can measure burned calories, heart rate, and health data in real time" re 2nd comment because NONE of gyms have equipment that do this already. Up to 10/04/2015 it was pure guess work, no console no read out, it was like the stone age but WITH electricity cars, the internet etc re First comment, The 'Apple Watch' can be called anything but with only 18 hours before it needs a charge, technically it AIN'T a watch A watch/ clock measures TIME over a number of days. Less than ONE day it's a TIMER If you didn't need a watch before Samsung, LG, Motorola and Apple came along you probably, no DEFINITELY don't need one now. if you are not feeling very very sleepy, ask yourself why am I going to buy one? Some of the comments seem to suggest it's a done deal! You get one for Xmas then what the Gym

24. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

What part of my comment was a lie? Enlighten me.

4. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

"hahahahahaha I hate Apple so I'm going to double the actual price of an Apple product, to make it seem expensive.. then claim the product is no big deal because I simply hate Apple, and am judging it without having even used it (nor has anyone else at this point) hahahahahaha"

8. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

The base model looks like cr*p. So I'd go for the more expensive variant.

12. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Everyone has different tastes :)

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31275; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If you don't wanna spend the money, or can't, then don't worry about it. People are gonna spend their money on what they want. One more thing, 99.9% of AppleWatch buyers won't be on PA to read your whack hater comments. You're kinda wasting your time, trying to insult people here. Kinda like protesting at an empty lot.

33. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Agreed. The haters would still hate if it was $150

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31275; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They sure would Mxy.

14. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

My Fitbit band helped me lose 10 pounds and running 5K every other day for $35.

15. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

If you need a smart watch or a smart band to loose weight then there is something really wrong with you. People have been loosing weight with simple methods long way before any kind of gadgets existed.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31275; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Cut the carbs, bad fats, and increase the protein for a positive nitrogen balance. Weights, and cardio plus consistency, and BOOM!

26. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

I said "helped"

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol damage control

36. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

A cheap device can give him more insight of what he does through the day and gives him a push to achieve what he wants. Yes, something must be really wrong with him because he picked the right device that worked for him yet cost him only $35.

38. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I betcha it will over heat

3. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

It still looks like dogs**t. What happened to you, Apple?

6. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Nifty

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31275; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bring it on, I'm all in. Can't wait to try it.

11. Evan_C

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

my wrist is ready

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

My body is ready

16. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

2 years in the making, samsung needs just 2 months to make one and make 0 impact, it just shows what you can do if you focus on something for a long time. Its expected to sell 10mil units the least. Perfect combination of software and hardware as usual from Apple. Still I aint touching it or anything from android. My wrist loves old analog chronographs.

18. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

You're kidding, right? This looks like dogpoop, with even Tesla saying it prefers Android Wear over iWatch. Only dorks will get it. I predict high initial sales, and then everyone realizing they look like a loser with the iWatch. Then Apple will quietly stop all iWatch projects in a couple of years.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31275; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's a dumb ass prediction.

20. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

Oh, you're so right. I predict Apple to continue the iWatch, except it'll be relegated to Apple TV-status in terms of support. The problem is that Apple needs the iWatch to be a hit to off-set their incoming profit decline. They played their last card copying Samsung, and now they'll go back to making less profits YoY.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31275; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

See post 19.

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