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Apple announces Apple Watch

The Apple Watch was announced on September the 9th 2014 . Apple had this to say about it

It’s an incredibly accurate timepiece. A device that helps you stay on schedule, in touch, and headed in the right direction. And a health and fitness companion that never stops thinking of ways for you to be more active and fit. Apple Watch is all these things. Which makes it so much more than just a watch. But precisely what we think a watch should be.

We all share the same hours, minutes, and seconds. But what happens during that time is different for everyone. So Apple Watch doesn’t just keep accurate time. It allows you to see time in the ways that are most meaningful — and useful — to you.

Working with iPhone, Apple Watch continually checks against the definitive global time standard with the same precision found in GPS satellites. If you move from one time zone to another, Apple Watch automatically adjusts. When daylight saving time begins, Apple Watch simply changes to the new time. So you never once have to set it yourself.

Each Apple Watch comes with a range of watch faces you can change whenever you like. You can also add specialized functions — known in watchmaking as complications — to most faces. Choose stopwatches, stock quotes, weather updates, and more. When you combine all the possible options, the opportunities for personalization are virtually endless.

You won’t just see and respond to messages, calls, and notifications easily and intuitively. You’ll actually feel them. With Apple Watch, every exchange is less about reading words on a screen. And more about making a genuine connection.

Now your inner circle is always nearby. Press the button next to the Digital Crown to access Friends, a place where you’ll see thumbnails of those you like to stay in touch with most. Tap one to send a message, make a call, or reach out in one of the new ways only Apple Watch makes possible.

Apple Watch adds a new dimension to the way you communicate. In just a glance it shows you who’s contacting you. It even gets your attention the way another person would — by tapping you. There are subtle audio cues, too. The experience is discreet and nuanced, with different types of notifications having their own unique character.

  • Messages. Sending and receiving messages is easy with Apple Watch. You can dictate a message or select from preset options — Apple Watch will make suggestions based on the things you write most. Or you can skip words altogether by sharing one of our new animated emojis.
  • Phone. Use the built-in speaker and microphone for quick chats, or seamlessly transfer calls to your iPhone for longer conversations. You can also transfer calls from Apple Watch to your car’s speakerphone or your Bluetooth headset. And silence incoming calls by covering Apple Watch with your hand.
  • Mail. When you get mail, Apple Watch alerts you right away. You can read the message, then flag it, mark it as read or unread, or move it to the Trash. Or open the message on your iPhone, where you can type a lengthier response.
  • Sketch. Use your finger to draw something quickly. Your friend on the other end can watch your drawing animate, then respond with a custom creation for you.
  • Walkie-Talkie. For a fun alternative to a phone call, use the built-in speaker and microphone to trade spur-of-the-moment sound bites with friends.
  • Tap. Let friends or loved ones know you’re thinking of them with a silent, gentle tap they’ll feel on the wrist. You can even customize taps for different people.
  • Heartbeat. When you press two fingers on the screen, the built-in heart rate sensor records and sends your heartbeat. It’s a simple and intimate way to tell someone how you feel.
  • Move. Each week, Apple Watch suggests a new Move goal for how many active calories to burn per day, based on your recent history. Adjust it up or down until it feels just right. You close the Move ring when you meet your personal active calorie burn goal for the day.
  • Exercise. Any activity performed at the level of a brisk walk or above is considered exercise. And Apple Watch keeps track of how much you do each day, even when it’s not in the context of a dedicated workout. You close the Exercise ring when you reach the globally recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day.
  • Stand. Apple Watch senses when you stand up and gives you credit when you do. So you can minimize your sedentary time throughout the day. If you’ve been sitting too long, it reminds you to get up. You close the Stand ring when you’ve stood for at least one minute in 12 different hours during the day.
  • Goals. The Workout app suggests personalized goals based on your workout history. For example, you’ll always see your best effort posted, and if your last run was 30 minutes, that will be one of the quick-start options. You can select it, increase or decrease it, or choose a different goal based on how far you want to go or how many calories you want to burn.
  • Reminders. During your workout, Apple Watch provides timely encouragement by letting you know when you’re halfway there or almost done. It also gives you a detailed summary of your workout so you can stay motivated to reach new milestones.
  • Achievements. When you reach a personal best in the Workout app or hit a milestone in the Activity app, Apple Watch is quick to celebrate. You’ll earn special badges for a variety of achievements. Not only is it a nice reminder of what you’ve accomplished, but it also encourages you to keep going.
  • Calendar. See what’s next in your day or upcoming week. Apple Watch sends you meeting reminders, as well as calendar invitations you can accept or decline directly from your wrist.
  • Maps. See your current location and get directions. Maps gives you the single best route. And turn-by-turn navigation helps you arrive at your destination.
  • Passbook. Store your boarding passes, tickets, loyalty cards, and more right on your wrist. Passbook alerts you when your discount or loyalty cards are relevant. And lets you choose which credit or debit card to use for Apple Pay.
  • Music. Control the music on your iPhone without taking it out of your pocket. And when you leave iPhone at home to go for a jog, listen to music directly on Apple Watch.
  • Apple TV and iTunes. Navigate Apple TV and control the iTunes library on your Mac or PC from Apple Watch. Swipe around the main menu, scroll through lists and collections, select movies, listen to iTunes Radio, and more.
  • Remote Camera. Apple Watch doubles as a remote for the iSight camera on your iPhone. Use Apple Watch to display a live preview of what your iPhone sees, snap the photo, or set the timer on the camera.
  • Stopwatch. Apple Watch presents this popular watch function in digital, analog, or hybrid view. It can even show you a real-time average of your lap times on a graph — something you won’t find on other watches.
  • Timer. Tap the hours or minutes field, then adjust the number up or down using the Digital Crown. The orange line around the dial increases or decreases to match, helping you visualize the duration.
  • Alarm. Apple Watch lets you manage, label, and edit multiple alarms with ease. Simply scroll through the hours and minutes to set your wake-up time.
  • World Clock. Doing business in another time zone? Calling a friend overseas? Check the time in different cities around the globe with one quick look.
  • Stocks. See the price of your favorite stock at a glance, including dollar and percent change, and percent change in market cap for the day.
  • Weather. Check the weather where you are or for any location around the world. See a detailed report for the day or get the week’s forecast.
  • Photos. Apple Watch keeps your favorite photos on your wrist. You can zoom into photos with the Digital Crown, then swipe to scroll through them. And even choose one to display on your watch face.
  • Siri. Dictate a message, ask to view your next event, find the nearest coffee shop, and more. Siri is closer than ever with Apple Watch.
  • Settings. Enable or disable Airplane mode, Bluetooth, and Do Not Disturb. Also turn mute on or off, or ping your iPhone to determine its location.
  • Glances. WatchKit apps can incorporate Glances. Simply by swiping up from your watch face, you’ll be able to see the latest news and sports scores, travel itineraries, or the next step of your favorite recipe.
  • Actionable Notifications. You can choose to have third-party app notifications show up on your Apple Watch. Notifications built with WatchKit can go even further by allowing you to take action or respond right from your wrist.
  • WatchKit Apps. Soon your favorite apps will feature controls and interactions unique to Apple Watch, enabling you to enjoy them in dynamic new ways. And put them to even greater use.

Apple Watch


9 September 2014