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.