Apple Watch is a line of smartwatches designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. It incorporates fitness tracking and health-oriented capabilities with integration with iOS and other Apple products and services. The first generation watch was available in four variants: Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Hermès, and Apple Watch Edition; each was distinguished by different combinations of cases and first- or third-party interchangeable bands.
Apple Watch (excluding Series 3 LTE) relies on a wirelessly connected iPhone to perform many of its default functions such as calling and texting. The first generation watches are compatible with iPhone 5 or later models running iOS 8.2 or later, through the use of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
The Apple Watch was released on April 24, 2015 and quickly became the best-selling wearable device with 4.2 million sold in the second quarter of the 2015 fiscal year.
Apple Watch is good, but better suited to the wrists of early adopters and boutique shop regulars. It’s convenient but there’s a learning curve you have to overcome and a high price that some people won’t be able to get around.
Donning an Apple Watch in 2018 is a little more tempting because of new deals, fresh features, the watchOS 4 update and a higher app count.
It’s a fantastic smartwatch series, as long as you’re expecting an iPhone-tied convenience gadget, not a life changing piece of technology.
The Apple Watch is among the best. That’s why my Watch is still ticking away on my wrist two years after its initial launch. Eventhe fitness-focused LG Watch Sport has convinced me to jump ship.
Apple never ended up calling this the “iWatch,” but it really is “my watch” and along with the Apple Watch 2 and Apple Watch 3 it’s Apple’s most personal and customisable gadget yet.
There are more than 71 flavors, with different case materials, colors, sizes and interchangeable Apple Watch bands.
The Apple Watch Series 1 is also now at its cheapest, starting at $249/£249/AU$359, though for a watch that’s been superseded twice that’s still a lot.
The Apple Watch is slowly becoming a good buy for more than its initial target audience of impatient early adopters and boutique store regulars.
Beaming apps like Messages, Mail and every iPhone notification to an always-on-hand gadget is certainly handy.
I no longer retrieve my always-hiding-in-the-couch iPhone 8 every time someone texts me, and I can locate my phone whenever it’s lost. It has the easiest to use Find My iPhone app yet.
Similar conveniences are carried over to the thousands of apps. Checking into a flight thanks to a wrist-mounted QR code beats scrambling for my phone or paper boarding pass while moving my bags up in a security line step-by-step.
Those steps, it turns out, are being counted in the Apple Watch’s Activity app. It’s not the most comprehensive fitness tracker, but it enables me to keep tabs on metrics like my steps walked, calories burned and heart rate. Surprise: I need to move more when I’m writing reviews.
But a glorified iPhone finder and the ability to not have to fetch my phone for every vibration in my pocket is very much a luxury rather than a necessity. Is it worth that still-tough-to-swallow Apple Watch price?