Ap­ple Watch ‘not for ev­ery­one’

Lesotho Times - - Business -

NEW YORK — Ap­ple Inc’s smart­watch is a “beau­ti­ful”, “stylish” and “el­e­gantly made” piece of tech­nol­ogy that could make life eas­ier for peo­ple on the move, re­view­ers said, but it also has short­com­ings and a price that could limit its ap­peal.

The watch, the first new prod­uct to be launched by Ap­ple un­der Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Tim Cook, will hit stores on 24 April.

“For now, the Ap­ple Watch is for pi­o­neers,” the Wall Street Jour­nal’s Ge­of­frey Fowler wrote. “I won’t pay the $1 000 it would cost for the model I tested, only to see a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment roll in be­fore too long.”

Most re­views, while prais­ing the watch’s sleek de­sign, high­lighted its rel­a­tively short bat­tery life - up to 18 hours, ac­cord­ing to Ap­ple.

The fact that it re­lies on an iphone be­ing in the close prox­im­ity for most of its func­tions to work was also seen by some re­view­ers as a draw­back.

Paired with an iphone, the watch al­lows users to check email, lis­ten to mu­sic and make phone calls. Apps will also al­low users to track their health — for in­stance by track­ing heart­beats and the num­ber of steps a per­son takes.

Fowler said the bat­tery was

of­ten nearly drained by the end of the day, es­pe­cially if used dur­ing ex­er­cise, while CNET’S Scott Stein said recharge time was slow.

Re/code’s Lau­ren Goode said that while the watch’s bat­tery life was not nearly as long-last­ing as some other wear­able de­vices, it was bet­ter than she had ex­pected.

Ap­ple is among sev­eral large tech com­pa­nies hop­ing to jump­start a new mar­ket for wear­able elec­tronic de­vices.

Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics Co Ltd, Sony Corp and LG Elec­tron­ics Inc have all re­leased smart­watches, many of them pow­ered by soft­ware de­vel­oped by Google Inc.

The Ap­ple Watch Sport will start at $349 (M3 795) for the smaller, 38-mm model. The stan­dard ver­sion will start at $549 and the high-end “Edi­tion” watch will be priced from $10,000.

“...If you can tol­er­ate sin­gle­day bat­tery life, half-baked apps and in­evitable ob­so­les­cence, you can now wear the fu­ture on your wrist,” Fowler said.

CNET’S Stein said Ap­ple wants peo­ple to see the Ap­ple Watch as “fine jew­elry”.

“Maybe that’s a stretch, but in terms of crafts­man­ship, there isn’t a more el­e­gantly made piece of wear­able tech.”

— Reuters.

Ap­ple CEO Tim Cook in­tro­duces the Ap­ple Watch dur­ing an Ap­ple event in San Fran­cisco last month.

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