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Hands on with Apple Watch!

By Rene Ritchie on 10 Sep 2014 08:48 am

The Apple Watch doesn't ship until 2015 but I've already had a chance to try it on and see it in action. With 38mm and 42mm screen size options, standard, sport, and edition collections, you can customize both software and hardware to suit your own fashion sense, including up to gold plated finishes and dancing Mickey Mouse clock faces. So, what's it like?

It's new. The digital crown allows for zoom, scroll, and Home access without having to cover the small screen with big fingers. Water resistant but not waterproof — think rain or shower not swimming or diving — it can run both WatchKit actionable notifications and glance widgets and, coming later, native apps as well. There are dedicated fitness and workout apps, and pin-code and skin-contact secured Apple Pay integration as well. There's Siri for voice control, and you can even use the Apple Watch to control your Apple TV!

It's still very early. It works with — and requires — an iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus. (Think of Apple Watch as a shuttle craft to your iPhone's starship, capable of a few things but not everything on its own. At least not yet.) But that means it could work for hundreds of millions of people.

How many people who wear traditional watches will be willing to switch to an Apple Watch? How many people who don't wear watches will be willing to start? Will it be an Apple TV sized business? An iPad sized business? Will Apple update it yearly like the iPhone or every few years like the iPod touch or Apple TV?

So many questions! For now all I know is I want one. It's first generation but it's also first of a kind. Not an iPhone scaled down, not iOS on your wrist, but Watch OS specifically for you to wear. We'll have to charge it every night using a fancy new MagSafe inductive plug, but you get a bright screen and tethering to iPhone for Wi-Fi and cellular for your trouble.

Apple Watch starts at $349 but the gold plated version will likely be quite a bit more. We'll have to wait to find out how much exactly until next spring. But I know that I want one now. How about you?

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Hands on with Apple Watch!

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Looks interesting for sure. What's the size like (compared to a Pebble watch for example)? Looks like it may be a little on the thick side.

I could never understand why people like yourself wast time on forums that don't relate to your interest.

I refuse to go on android, samsung, wear? or whatever they call it forums because it will be a waste of my time and I will be adding nothing to the otherwise great forums for people that like those products.

I stopped using this forum months ago after wasting my time reading stupid useless comments like yours although I have seen worse. Time to split again. Cant believe i'm wasting my time replying to your comment but at least it will be my first in a long time and definitely my last comment on this forum, sorry to say the above as I remember some great members on this forum as well..............

Ouch! I think apple users are used to getting gadgets that are (technologically) way behind android. they can live with it.

Not releasing until 2015? They're missing the Christmas season. Not good.
It also looks a little on the cheap side with the colored plastic bands so $350 might be over the top. I like the curved Samsung unit better myself but then again I don't wear a watch and really haven't seen anything that would make me want to put one back on.

People aren't understanding why the watch was preannounced. Its so developers have time to get apps ready. This is a first-gen product. The people over on Crackberry aren't getting that either. I let it slide though because no reason those guys should know what a "developer community" is.

(Also, I'm banned.)

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tss tss ... ;)
The watch is pre-announced to *shift* other brands Christmas sales, I know you're not fool ;). I'm not event sure the developer kits are here, are they ? There's a lot missing in the software, like NFC tags recognition and pairing, for example.
This work isn't finished, yet.
But I'm 100% sure it'll sell like hotcakes, with or without additional apps, don't read me wrong.

Buzz, once you see yo close you may think twice about how it looks. I used to have a Cartier Roadster watch, and it had an almost identical latch mechanism to easily swap bands. It came with a silver which made it look real classy and then a black nylon strap that was much sportier. Apple is definitely taking that approach and going even further, because you will be able to change the watch face on top of that, maybe have Roman numeral face, and then switch it up to something different. The bands and the display are customizable on your whim. Trust me go to a watch store and see how a Cartier Roadster can transform so dramatically just by swapping the band. As an aside, that blue strap is crap, there were a bunch of others I saw that looked awesome

Hello guys,

Just a question about the Apple watch being waterproof.

I did not see anywhere on the apple web site any information

about taking the watch with me while I do my laps in the pool.

Please let me know if you find out.

Thank you.

"It's first generation but it's also first of a kind."

How so? There are many smartwatches already out there, and from your description this one doesn't offer anything that no other smartwatch does. Oh well, let's see. The more competition on the market the better.

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It's not clear to me why you're spending all this time on your watch when your phone is in your pocket. By the time you've selected the contact, zoomed in, selected the communication type, modified your emoji and waited for it to send, you could have just pulled out your phone.

Don't think that the Apple Watch has long term potential.

Apple will either have to license or sell modules to 3rd parties to compete.

Sure, Apple has a captive market of iPhone users to start, but their initial success in this market will only open the market to more companies.

People don't want to have the choice of a big watch or a bigger watch, both the same style. They want much more variety and style choices. How many different watches is apple going to make each year?

Android Wear is going to have dozens of choices by the time the first Apple Watch is launched. Additionally, there are many non Apple non Android choices coming or in the market now.

And all the watch companies from Seiko to Timex to Swiss watch companies will have access to Android Wear as well.

Who is going to want to limit their choices to annual minor changes from apple?

Just look at the watches that are available now or will be soon.........

And Google has already shown with Android that they can add compelling features faster than Apple, so Apple faces a choice - open up iOS to 3rd parties or risk facing a smart watch revolution that chips away at the iPhone customer base.

Really, unless they get other companies involved in selling different iOS compatible watches, they should have stayed out of the market all together. By releasing the Apple watch they have legitimized smart watches as an important device, but yet, they can't compete in this market.

$350 base price?! For something that looks like a touch screen version of a calculator watch?! HAHAHA! I'll stick with the Moto360, thank you. Much better looking.

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Did anyone else notice that many of the taps and swipes did not register on the watch? I think they still have quite some work to do on that device. I also think they got a few things completely wrong.
Being nudged by someone via my watch just sounds creepy.
I cannot for the life of me see why I would want to doodle something on that tiny screen.
Watching pictures on my watch? Yeah, right.
It looks to me in general that Apple slapped far too much stuff on that watch to begin with. Probably resulting in a battery life they don't even want to state.
Less would have probably been more. Bring a watch or band or whatever you call it with Siri on it, show notifications and include the fitness functions.
I would also like to know how exactly I need to take the "needs the phone to work" statement. Does that mean that when I leave the room without my phone, I am staring at a black or colorful but stupid rectangle on my wrist?

Did anyone else notice that many of the taps and swipes did not register on the watch? I think they still have quite some work to do on that device. I also think they got a few things completely wrong.
Being nudged by someone via my watch just sounds creepy.
I cannot for the life of me see why I would want to doodle something on that tiny screen.
It looks to me in general that Apple slapped far too much stuff on that watch to begin with. Probably resulting in a battery life they don't even want to state.
Less would have probably been more. Bring a watch or band or whatever you call it with Siri on it, show notifications and include the fitness functions.
I would also like to know how exactly I need to take the "needs the phone to work" statement. Does that mean that when I leave the room without my phone, I am staring at a black or colorful but stupid rectangle on my wrist?

I don't need a smart watch to replace my phone. I want it to inform me if I need to grab my phone from my pocket or not. That and track my workouts. Done.

The moment of truth for Pebble has arrived. Pebble was the only viable iOS capable smart watch, until now.

They have a few short months to release a compelling upgrade for their iOS users before the Apple Watch cuts off their iOS market completely.

This is going to be a battle for survival for Pebble.

Google has nothing to worry about. From what I've seen so far the Apple Watch does not provide a compelling enough reason to leave the Android ecosystem - and Android Wear is more than capable of holding on to the Android users.