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What you need to know about Apple Watch, Apple's attempt to remake wearables

TechHive Staff | Sept. 11, 2014
Tim Cook finally got a chance to roll out a brand-new product--heck, a brand-new product category--for Apple on Tuesday, unveiling the company's new Apple Watch lineup at a highly anticipated press event in Cupertino. Apple demonstrated many juicy features of the watch, but left a lot to the imagination, including exactly when we can buy one. Here's a breakdown of what we know and what we still can't wait to find out.

Can I choose from a whole slew of watch faces?Oh yeah, a bunch — poke around Apple's gallery for some great examples. They look good in person, too — some are animated, like the one that gives you a fully interactive view of the moon phases and how the planets align. And yes, there's even a Mickey Mouse watch face, a modern spin on the face we saw on that watch-like six-gen iPod nano. Lynch also demonstrated how you can customize several of the watch faces, spinning the Digital Crown to select a new color scheme, or tapping at the screen to tweak what kind of information is shown.

Does it have Siri? Can it make phone calls?

The Apple Watch has a microphone and a speaker, so you can talk to it and it can talk to you. (You can also use the microphone to do voice dictation, send audio messages, and even communicate via walkie-talkie mode with other Apple Watch users).

And yes, you can use it to make and receive phone calls, as well as transfer calls to your iPhone or a Bluetooth device.

Is it waterproof? Can I swim with it?

The Apple Watch is water resistant, but not waterproof. You can wear it on a rainy day and have water splashed on it and it'll survive, but you can't submerge it in water.

What can the Apple Watch do without a phone?

The Apple Watch is at least a few months from shipping, and Apple is being careful releasing all the details of the device. It's definitely meant to be used with an iPhone nearby, but it is functional when the two devices are parted — say, when you want to go for a run and don't want to bring your iPhone with you. The Apple Watch can track your fitness information, play music (from its own onboard storage) via Bluetooth, and even make purchases using Apple Pay, all without the iPhone being present.

How can I find out moooore?

Read our hands-on impressions and watch the video. Apple's posted the event video and you can fast-forward to about 55:15 if you want to get right to the Apple Watch. Then just stay tuned as more information trickles out in the months before launch. Even with all we don't know, what we have seen has a lot of promise.

 

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