Apple Watch explained
The Watch is the most personal Apple device yet
Many of the built-in apps we’re familiar with on iPhone and iPad are also available on the Watch. You can check your email, send iMessages, update your calendar, check the weather and control your iPhone’s camera.
Health and fitness
Watch’s killer apps will relate to health and fitness. Its array of sensors will allow it to track all sorts of data, from how often you stand up to how many calories you burn, and how your heart rate changes.
Apps are added via an iPhone. You can rearrange them by tapping and holding an icon and then dragging them into position, just like you would on your iPhone.
Watch vibrates at different speeds and varying intensity, so the vibrations can be used to send messages, such as the heartbeat of a loved one, an alert for an incoming call, and instructions from a GPS app.
Sensors for health
There are four lenses on the back of the Watch – two for white light and two for infrared. They’re used to sense the flow of blood on your wrist to identify your pulse rate. Watch’s charger snaps onto the back, MagSafe-style, giving up to 18 hours’ use.
Watch has a speaker and a microphone, so if you’ve always fancied yourself as Dick Tracy, you can now make and receive phone calls from your wrist. Whether anyone will actually use it that way remains to be seen.
Beneath the crown
Pressing the big button below the Digital Crown calls up icons of the people you communicate with most often. From there you can send a text message or a drawing, or tap out a signal, which the person will receive as a vibration.
The Digital Crown
Pressing the Digital Crown on the side of a Watch displays its Home screen, much like an iPhone’s Home button. Rotating the crown zooms in and out on what you’re viewing – the Watch’s alternative to pinch to zoom.