iWatch – The First of Apple’s Wearables
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook announced iWatch – the highly anticipated entry into the world of wearable technology.
[/blockquote] [blockquote cite=””] We wanted to create something that was very personal. We felt that the wrist was the best place to do that
This latest addition in Apple’s family will monitor health and fitness, tracking the wearer’s movement, heartrate and activity with built-in sensors, feeding the information into Apple’s Health app for the iPhone and iPad and allowing review and analysis of the data.
- It uses a button on the side of the watch – dubbed the “digital crown” by Apple – which turns like a jog dial for adjusting functions including zooming and setting the time – no pinching to zoom required. It also functions as the home button.
- The screen is covered by a curved sapphire glass touchscreen that can differentiate between a tap and a touch, and vibrates with alerts using a haptic feedback component and a speaker.
- The Apple Watch is charged by a wireless, inductive charging pad that magnetically connects to the back of the watch.
- It is also said that iWatch will cost around $350, a price-range that sounds higher than people have predicted.
Earlier this month more than 10 rival smartwatches were released at IFA, Europe’s largest electronics trade show in Berlin, with devices by Samsung, Sony, Asus and Motorola all launching smartwatches – and many running Google’s Android Wear software. Apple was long criticized for being slow to catch up with its rivals, who launched their smartwatches year ago.[blockquote cite=”CEO Apple”] We ship things when we believe they are ready. For us, it’s much more important to be the best than to be the first.