The “other” announcement from the folks at Cupertino: the Apple Watch. Designed as a fitness wearable, it can detect one’s heart rate using four sensors in unison, sports NFC for Apple Pay, is accurate to 50ms, sports a sapphire touchscreen display, and a choice or proprietary straps. Borrowing from the APple design laungage, a button the on side has the role of a “digital crown”, which can be used to navigate the software interface, zoom into images and more.
Price? $349 starting early next year, with support for iPhone 5 and up.
Besides being a smartwatch, it carries with it many intelligent functions, such as knowing when you lift up your wrist to look at it (it will activate the screen), and with the ability to work as a sport watch and fitness tracker, while interacting with your iPhone’s GPS (wah!). Also: aluminium, stainless steel and 18-carat gold editions exist, which are called Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition, respectively.
However, there is one strange thing about the Apple Watch: Apple hasn’t mentioned its battery life; something the company is so adamant about boasting with its other products. There is a mystery to be solved here.