Apple Watch(redirected from Apple smartwatch)
Apple WatchA family of smartwatches from Apple that debuted in April 2015 with more than 40 models from USD $349 to $17,000. Compatible with iPhones starting with the iPhone 5, the screen's Force Touch feature senses the difference between a tap and a press to enable two modes of touch interaction. Available in small and large case sizes (38 and 42mm) and numerous band styles, the watch's Taptic Engine "taps" the wearer on the wrist for notifications. Five months after the original unveiling, more Apple Watches were introduced, including Hermes-branded models.
If the Apple Watch was previously paired with the iPhone via Bluetooth but is now out of range, it can use the same Wi-Fi network to send iMessages, an animated sketch, taps and heartbeats to other Apple Watch users (see Digital Touch). It can also run Siri over Wi-Fi.
Lots of Choices
With its multiple collections and bands, no smartwatch ever debuted with such a variety of models. Because they are easily interchangeable, an industry of third-party Apple Watch bands sprang up almost overnight.
|The Initial Collections (April 2015)|
|The lowest-priced Sport (bottom) has an anodized aluminum case and plastic band, while the Watch (middle) has a polished stainless steel case and several band styles. The Edition (top) features 18-karat gold cases. Five months later, Apple added more models and bands. (Images courtesy of Apple Inc.)|
|A Digital Crown|
|Apple's Digital Crown is used to zoom, scroll, activate Siri and display the home screen. The power button accesses contacts and Apple Pay.|
|Easy to Connect the Charger|
|Apple's MagSafe connector latches magnetically onto the back of the watch.|