As most people know, the Apple Watch was officially introduced yesterday. Sleek, functional and available in three different styles, the product will be available in select countries, including Canada and the United States on April 24. And yes, I am super-excited for the product. As per an earlier introduction, there will be three versions of the watch – sports, the so-called “regular” version and, of course, the Apple Watch Edition. The Edition, which is either 18k or rose gold, is a whopping $10,000 US (it’s not really for me, since I find gold a bit tacky, but I’m not everyone and I know people in the “old country” (i.e. China/Hong Kong) love that kind of stuff). Looks like someone is NOT getting this version. But even then, the “regular” version will probably average around $600, depending on style (it’ll be a smaller one, so it’ll start at around $549 US).
During the announcement, which I watched online, Tim Cook did not exactly talk much about the Apple Watch’s operating system. The interface doesn’t exactly look like iOS, but it certainly isn’t OSX either. However, it does communicate with your phone, so you can receive messages, calls and more without the need to touch your iPhone. Definitely something that many people are looking forward to.
For me, I am most interested in the fitness features. I am already using apps like Pacer to keep track of the number of steps (not exactly accurate, I know) I take and my activity level, and having a watch would mean that I don’t have to think about having the need to have my phone with me at all times. I can just wear my watch and know the my approximate activity. I’m also looking forward to the many faces of the watch. If I feel like a more “traditional” analog look, I can choose that. Or, if I feel like going back to my high school days and pick Mickey Mouse, I could, too. Of course, there’s digital. I’m not sure if I’d be using my watch to text people, however. But even though I’m primarily looking at fitness features, I’ll likely get the regular watch over the sports edition. It’s more classic and will “go” better with my wardrobe.
Some people may say that the watch is a bit on the expensive side, considering that one will likely be upgrading every two or three years. But then again, how much do we spend on a computer?