Apple Watch’s Hot New Features

Apple Watch Starts Selling Worldwide - First Smartwatch From App

Have you always wanted to wear a fully functioning computer on your wrist? Yes? Well, thanks to the Apple Watch, beginning 2015 your dreams will come true. The geniuses of Cupertino designed a proprietary S1 SiP (System in Package) to scale down an entire computer system onto a single chip. This gives Apple’s new watch the features of Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 4.0, allowing it to pair with a current model iPhone.

The World In a Watch

Technophiles should be impressed by the suite of features packed into this tiny device.

  • Retina display featuring Force Touch: Allows the watch to differentiate between a tap and a press, giving the user a novel method to navigate within apps.
  • Digital Crown: Hailed by Apple as the “most revolutionary navigation tool since the iPod Click Wheel and iPhone Multi-Touch.” With it one can scroll, zoom, and navigate your way through sending and receiving messages, answering calls to an iPhone, returning to the home screen, and summoning Siri.
  • Walkie talkie: Utilizing the watch’s built-in mic, a person can send quick voice messages to other users.
  • Activity app: Harnessing the utility of an accelerometer and imbedded heart rate sensor the Activity app can measure the number of calories burned, various metrics of brisk activity, and how often you go from sit to stand throughout the day.
  • WatchKit: Provides new tools and APIs for developers to create apps specific to the Apple Watch.

The watch will be available in three separate collections and will come in either polished or space black stainless steel case. Consumers will be able to choose from Apple Watch Sport, with space gray or silver anodized aluminum case, and Apple Watch Edition, in 18-karat rose or yellow gold case. Both versions will be available in two different sizes, 38 mm and 42 mm, and the straps will come in choices of Sport Band, Classic Buckle, Leather Loop, Modern Buckle, Milanese Loop, and Link Bracelet. They’ll also feature a variety of assorted colors to facilitate optimal customization.

Apple Watch will begin retailing in early 2015, starting at $349. Apple Watch is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus running the latest version of iOS 8.

Keep Up With the Future

Apple has decided to make the Apple Watch useable only with the iPhone 5 and later iterations. What does this mean for those of us owning the different versions of the iPhone 3 and 4? In the spirit of recommerce, Apple has announced it will buy back older edition iPhones in exchange for upgrading to a newer model. But other options for recycling those old iPhones exist. If you have further questions concerning buyback solutions for the iPhone and other electronic devices, contact us to learn what options are available.

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