With the increasing demand for wearable technologies, the competition for the best smartwatches and smart headset become the new battleground for mobile device manufacturers. Smartwatches, in particular, is not a new for consumers, especially since various Android wears by Motorola, Sony, and Samusung have been populating the market. However, Apple has finally made the competition tougher with the upcoming release of their own Apple Watch. Announced along with the newest handsets of the company (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus), the device once dubbed as iWatch is set to be released early this year.
What are the features of the Apple Watch
Based on the Apple event and the official page of the device, here are some of the specifications of this much-awaited wearable:
- Sizes: 38 mm and 42 mm
- Type: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition
- Design: Space black stainless steel, silver stainless steel, silver aluminum, 18-karat yellow gold, and 18-karat rose, and space gray aluminum
- Time design via screen: Chronograph, Color, Modular, Utility, Mickey Mouse, Simple, Motion, Solar, and Astronomy
- Bands: Link bracelet, sport band, leather loop, classic buckle, modern buckle, and Milanese loop
- Screen: Retina with Force Touch
- Sensors: heart rate, accelerometer
- Connection: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Charging: MagSafe wireless
- Compatible handsets: iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and 5s, and iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
- Special features: GPS, Apple Pay, and Siri
- Price: $349
What makes this device unique is its ability to access Apple TV remotely. It can also access your iTunes library and listen to your tracks wherever you go.
Current state of wearables
More than just an accessory, wearables have become an important innovation to assist medical practitioners as well as promoting BYOD (bring your own device) and remote work. Steve Pluta wrote on O2’s News section that “while the technology might seem to be targeted at the consumer – with features including messaging, alerts and access to personal fitness and health apps – their ability to offer hands-free access to applications makes them an exciting prospect for businesses.” However, the ability to work remotely are more possible via the smart headsets such as the Google Glass with its virtual reality technology. With its small screen, smartwatches were marketed as a convenient and portable health device with its built-in heart rate monitor and paired fitness apps. Is now the right time to acquire this device?
Is it worth purchasing?
Since the Apple Watch hasn’t been on the shelves, we cannot completely say that the Apple Watch will be worth purchasing, especially when there are other established Android smartwatches to choose from on the market. This will be a waiting game for everyone. However, since it is the first wearable released by the Cupertino-based company, it is expected to get a high following similar to its other handsets and tablets. In fact, the UBS survey showed that the wearable is expected to sell 24 million units after its first nine to 12 months on the market.
Will you consider getting an Apple Watch? An Android Wear? Or wait for the next revolutionary wearable to reach the market?
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