Apple Watch unveiled with pulse detection feature

Apple Watch unveiled with pulse detection feature

After much anticipation, Apple has finally unveiled its own smartwatch called Watch which was earlier speculated as iWatch. The wearable device features a square-shape design and will be available in two sizes to accompany the newly announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple Watch flaunts with a flexible Retina sapphire display which senses force as well as touch inputs. The Cupertino giant has actually used small-sized electrodes around the display which helps the watch in recognising the difference between a tap and touch.

Apple Watch

Apple Watch with iOS-based interface

There are three different lines of the new wearable device, including Apple Watch, Watch Sport and an 18k gold Apple Watch Edition. Though all the three different models have same specifications, they feature different looks and design to attract the masses.

On announcing the Watch, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said:

“Apple introduced the world to several category-defining products, the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad. And once again Apple is poised to captivate the world with a revolutionary product that can enrich people’s lives. It’s the most personal product we’ve ever made.”

The Watch uses an Apple S1 chip for processing and has four sapphire lenses on its back which is used to detect pulse rate. The lenses use gyroscope and accelerometer which jointly give data to provide heart rate as well as pulse rate monitoring sense.

Apple has provided a “digital crown” on the right side of the Watch which can be used to interact with its iOS-based user interface. Similar to what an analog crown does, this digital crown can be used to scroll through a list or to zoom in or zoom out content. In addition, a single press on the crown takes back to the home screen.

The Watch is compatible with iOS8 or above running iPhone 5 or later versions to give users real-time notifications right on their wrists. WatchKit SDK will be available to the developers for further developing on notifications and Glance widgets. Furthermore, users will have some options such as to act on calendar invites, Quick Words replies and animated emojis.

Apple has also released its Fitness app and Workout app which will work with the Watch to give users fitness tracking. These apps will require iOS 8 or above to be operable across Apple devices.

The Watch does not come with any connector or a lightning port for charging, instead it uses inductive charging through a magnet which is available on the rear. Lastly, there is Siri integration for voice commands.

The Apple Watch will be available in early 2015 with a starting price tag of $349.

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