As expected Apple closed today’s press event with an entirely new device, and that device is the Apple Watch, a device that we have expected for over a year now.
Finally the wait is finally over.
The watch has a rounded profile, but not completely round, with Sapphire glass and a stainless steel design, and more impressively there will be a gold version of the watch that will be made from actual 18-karat gold.
For those who can’t afford it, there will also be an aluminium version.
In terms of features, the watch will have a customisable watch interface, as well as features to connect and communicate with others directly from the watch, as well as use it as a health and fitness companion.
On the side of the watch the there will also be a button and a wheel, which will both be used in order to control the watches functions, Apple has called the dial the Digital Crown, and says that once turned it will zoom the screen in and out, or when you are on a list it will allow you to scroll without blocking the screen.
Once in an app, users can click it to go back to the home screen.
However users will also be able to touch the screen too, allowing users to tap to select something, or even sketch a quick note.
All of these apps will use Apple’s flexible Sapphire display that is harder that most glass products, and will use tiny electrodes to regonise differences between a tap and a press.
And to top it off there’s also a heart rate monitor for tracking, a speaker, and a new custom processor called the S1. There’s also infrared, LED, photo sensors to detect pulse, a gyroscope, accelerometer, GPS and WiFi.
The watch will also use conductive charging via a new Magsafe like charger. In terms of watch abilities, Apple also says that it can keep time to plus or minus 50 milliseconds. The strap can also be changed to the user’s desire with a number of different options available.
From the watch user will also be able to accept calls and send and receive messages, with quick reply, and with emoticons. Users can also can also access contacts from an app, from which users can send messages and call contacts.
You can also send tapes and drawings, as well as heart rate measures in real-time.
Developers will also be able to create their own apps with something called iWatchKit, allowing users to send notifications, with integration with apps like Twitter and American Airlines from the get go.
The watch will also support NFC for door unlocking via apps and we presume much more once developers get going with their new apps.
In terms of the actual watch there will be three collections available, the Apple Watch, the Watch Sport and the Watch Edition.
The Sport Edition has a 60% stronger case, and the Watch Edition is the version with the 18 karat gold design.
All of the models will work with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as well as the iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, and will be available early next year starting at $349.