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hen is Ap­ple go­ing to give us some­thing re­ally new?” That has been the ques­tion loom­ing in the minds of Ap­ple fans and in­vestors since 2010, when the late Ap­ple founder Steve Jobs sur­prised us with the iPad, quickly con­vinc­ing mil­lions of peo­ple that they needed the de­vice even be­fore they fully un­der­stood its pur­pose.

On Septem­ber 9th, CEO Tim Cook proved that Ap­ple still has ex­tra­or­di­nary vi­sion as he in­tro­duced to the world Ap­ple’s first wear­able com­puter, the Ap­ple Watch.

The event also launched two new iPhones with much-re­quested larger screens: the iPhone 6, with a 4.7-inch dis­play, and the iPhone 6 Plus, with a 5.5-inch dis­play. In ad­di­tion, Ap­ple an­nounced a mo­bile pay­ment sys­tem called Ap­ple Pay that will let you com­plete pur­chases via your iPhone of Ap­ple Watch.

The in­cluded Ac­tiv­ity and Work­out apps track your ex­er­cise and en­cour­age move­ment through­out your day. You can use Ap­ple Watch to re­ceive calls and text mes­sages. Ad­di­tion­ally, a new fea­ture called Dig­i­tal Touch lets you com­mu­ni­cate via doo­dles, hap­tic touch, an­i­mated emo­jis, and recorded snip­pets. Of course, many watch faces are avail­able, most with spe­cial­ized themes. The as­tron­omy face lets you track the phases of the moon and the po­si­tions of the plan­ets.

Ap­ple also gave con­sid­er­able at­ten­tion to the watch’s phys­i­cal de­sign, of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of el­e­gant bands, in­clud­ing leather, stain­less steel link, and stain­less steel mesh, as well as three dif­fer­ent de­signs of the watch it­self: Ap­ple Watch, with a stain­less steel case, Ap­ple Watch Sport, with an an­odized alu­minum case that’s 60 per­cent stronger, and the lux­u­ri­ous Ap­ple Watch Edi­tion, with hard­ened 18-karat gold.

The watch will come in two dif­fer­ent sizes, 1.5 inches and 1.65 inches, and will have a sap­phire crys­tal Retina dis­play, mak­ing it vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to scratch. The dis­play is touch sen­si­tive, but be­cause of the smaller face, it doesn’t use the stan­dard pinch­ing ges­tures. In­stead, the user ro­tates the dig­i­tal crown, a dial on the side of the watch, to nav­i­gate and con­trol the Ap­ple Watch. Press­ing the dig­i­tal crown lets you view the apps, and press­ing again re­turns you to the Home screen.

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