The Apple Watch has arrived and it is ahead of its competition in more way than one. At by that measure, it also seems ahead of its time. When Android Wear is struggling to do more than Google, the Apple watch comes with features like Apple Pay payments and self-generated fitness reports and prompts.
But the pricing, between $349 to $10,000 (yes, you read that right) for the limited edition, will make it much more expensive that its rivals, giving the latter a chance to stay in the race. With a bulk of the Android Wear devices pushing the $200 mark, a lot of people will be tempted to go that way.
The watch will do everything from fitness tracking to social and instant messaging notifications. It will also let you read and delete a mail or message. Even get actionable notifications from Instagram and Uber. There will also be an Apple Pay option and much more. Plus, it will also let users take and make calls on the watch itself, provided they are okay with the awkwardness of the entire dispensation.
It will communicate with the iPhone over Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth, which means you don’t have to be within 10-metre range of your iPhone. And just for good measure, it will show even your flight information with the barcode that gets you in.
However, it will have only all-day battery life, stuck where Android Wear was a few months back with latest version of watches running Google’s software clocking close to 48 hours. It will also have a charger of its own, which means you will have to carry the charger with you on trips and you won’t be able to use other chargers or cables.
Pre-orders for the watch will start April 10 and the first units will ship on April 24, but India is not in the first wave of countries getting the watch.
Apple Watch is available in three collections, Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, and the limited Apple Watch Edition, crafted from custom rose or yellow 18-karat gold alloys. It requires iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 8.2. or later. iOS 8.2 will be available for download today.
More highlights from the Apple March 9 event here