The Apple Watch will come in two case sizes (38mm and 48mm heights), but Apple didn't mention specifics about display dimensions or resolution, through we know the display is a flexible Retina display underneath a single crystal of sapphire. Regardless, anyone who's ever used a smartwatch knows new navigation paradigms are welcome.
Behold: The Apple Watch "Digital Crown."
It's not so much a watch as an experience
Apple's grand reveal was relatively light on details, and perhaps the Apple Watch's most killer feature-Apple Pay support-was tacked on at the very end of the event, as if a last-minute afterthought. There were no details on internal specs, but we learned this wearable doesn't include a camera, as its main photo feature is a scheme that turns your watchface into a slideshow for your iPhone photos.
That said, Apple did riff at length about industrial design, and highlighted some built-in software features and third-party apps.
Siri voice dictation will let you send iMessages to friends (among other common Siri tricks). There's also a Digital Touch feature that lets you create something of a walkie-talkie-like connection with your pals. It's Apple's new method for sending customized emoji and quick little finger doodles composed with digital ink. And-awwww-with Digital Touch you can even send a visual representation of your heartbeat to loved ones.
Ready or not, her come third-party apps!
Health and fitness features consumed a large portion of Apple's Watch presentation, but Apple never really delved into the accuracy of its sensor technology. This is a critical area to watch, as activity-tracking features are so unreliable in competing smartwatches. Nevertheless, Apple Watch includes a heart rate sensor and accelerometer onboard, and handshakes with the iPhone's GPS to track and reveal various activity metrics.
A Move ring displays your daily calorie burn. An Exercise ring tells you how active you've been. And a Stand ring reports the embarrassment of your sedentary lifestyle. Once you meet your daily goals for each ring, you earn an achievement, and the ring goes away. There's also a separate workout app that reveals how far, how fast, and how long you've been exercising.
If you're already a fan of activity-tracking wearables, you know none of these features are revolutionary at face value. But if Apple can deliver a software interface that people love, it will solve an elusive user-experience puzzle.
The upcoming BMW app will help you locate your parking space, and even report charge levels on your electric motor.
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