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Apple Watch, in pictures

Here's everything you need to know about the Apple Watch, from features to pricing and availability.

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Topic: Hardware
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Apple Watch

Apple has finally released its newest product line – the Apple Watch. This, the company claims, it its most personal device to date. Let's take a look at what this new product has to offer.

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The lineup

The Apple Watch comes in three different varieties:

  • Apple Watch Sport – The cheapest offering, featuring an anodized aluminum cases in silver or space gray with a toughened Ion-X glass display and a polymer strap.
  • Apple Watch – Stainless steel cases in traditional and space black finishes and featuring a sapphire display and a range of bands and straps.
  • Apple Watch Edition – 18-karat gold cases in yellow or rose and featuring a sapphire display and a range of bands and straps.
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Apple Watch Sport

Comes in two sizes:

  • 38mm – $349
  • 42mm – $399
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Apple Watch

Comes in two sizes:

  • 38mm – $549 to $1,049 depending on strap option
  • 42mm – $599 to $1,099 depending on strap option
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Apple Watch Edition

Priced from $10K rising to a whopping $17,000 depending on the band, the Apple Watch Edition will be available from selected outlets.

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Metallurgy

The aluminum used to make Apple Watch Sport is 60 percent stronger than standard alloys, while the stainless steel used to make the cases is up to 80 percent harder through a specialized cold-forging process.

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Battery life

Apple is saying that the Apple Watch has an 18-hour battery life, which means nightly charging using the snap-on inductive charger.

No word on how much real-world usage users can expect from the device.

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Availability

The Apple Watch will be available for pre-order and preview from April 10 in the following territories, with the product starting to ship April 24:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
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iPhone needed

The Apple Watch is not a standalone device, and needs an iPhone to work its magic. In fact, it offloads much of the hard work onto the iPhone in order to extend battery life.

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Customizable

The Apple Watch will feature a highly-customizable face, allowing it to display a wide range of information.

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Health and fitness

The Apple Watch puts a lot of emphasis on health and fitness, with motion trackers that monitor your movements and a heartrate monitor to keep an eye on that side of things.

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Make and receive calls...

... all from your wrist! You can finally talk to your wristwatch!

Wearers will also be able to send and receive iMessages, as well as emails and communications from other apps.

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Novel communication methods

The Apple watch introduces novel communications methods using sketches and even sending heartbeats.

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Siri

The Apple Watch leverages Siri so you can dictate messages, create appointments and much more. This means that you don't have to peck away at a microscopic keyboard!

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Apple Pay

Apple has integrated the convenience of Apple Pay directly into the Apple Watch, making it even easier to use.

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It's all about apps

With the Apple Watch wearers will be able to show boarding passes, hail cabs using Uber, unlock hotel doors, scroll through Instagram and much more.

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