Apple Watch Pt. I

Apple Watch, it’s the Best Kept Non-Secret

Everyone seems to be all over what little information we know about the Apple Watch and Right now all eyes and ears are turned towards Cupertino to see how Apple will release the Apple Watch at their Spring Forward event. Originally announced on 09 September, 2014, at a starting price of $349, but is not due to be released until ‘early 2015’. Use the word ‘early’ loosely. Fans and critics alike have been hard at work speculating on what the final version of the Apple Watch will look like. Well, we will find out all the good, the bad, and the ugly details on Monday.

What We Know

  • Two sizes:
    • 38mm
    • 42mm
  • Three Types:
    • Apple Watch
    • Apple Watch Sport
    • Apple Watch Edition
  • Metallurgy
    • Silver Aluminum
    • Space Grey Aluminum
    • 18k Yellow Gold
    • 18k Rose Gold
    • Stainless Steel
    • Space Black Stainless Steel
  • Bands (not rock)
    • Link Bracelet
    • Sport Band
    • Leather Loop
    • Milanese Loop
    • Classic Buckle
    • Modern Buckle
  • Apps:
    • Calendar
    • Maps
    • Passbook
    • Music
    • Apple TV and iTunes control
    • Remote Camera
    • Stopwatch
    • Timer
    • Alarm
    • World Clock
    • Stocks
    • Weather
    • Photos
    • Siri
    • Glances
    • Actionable Notifications
    • Events
    • Turn-by-turn directions
    • Messages
    • Heart Rate Sensor
    • Accelerometer
    • Wi-Fi and GPS via iPhone

Hanging Chads

  • Battery life
    • There are multiple rumors on how long the watch is supposed to last.
    • The delay between announcement and release was allegedly built to find a fix for battery life.
    • Some say less than a day.
    • Some say about a day with the screen off and some features not synced with the iPhone.
    • New information says in mixed-mode it can last an entire day on one charge.
    • Although MagSafe charging is great and a way to continue Apple tradition, what about wireless charging?
  • Accessories
    • Will third parties begin making everything from cheesy cases to screen protectors.
    • Which band will each model come with? There are many to choose from.
    • How much will each band cost?
  • Pricing across the entire line
    • The starting price is $349, but it is hard to see Apple letting a gold watch go for the that amount.
    • Expectations and rumors hold the aluminum to be around the cheapest and gold to come in at a hefty premium.
    • Similar to accessories, no one knows what default watch band it will come with per case.
    • iPhones are subsidized by carriers due to monthly plans, how will the Apple Watch sell?
  • Engraving
    • Let me save you the heartache. This is not a Tag Heuer, Apple products have a 11-month cool factor and you will want to trade-up.
    • You cannot resell a watch that has “To my snuggle-bubby” on it.
  • Durability
    • How water-resistant is it? They say you can shower with it. Really?
    • Is it and the band sweat-resistant? You know…just incase we want to actually workout.
    • How many dings and drops can it take?
  • Apps
    • How many apps are going to be available for the Apple Watch?
    • How many apps can be stored not the Apple Watch?
    • How is data synced? Can a computer be used via iTunes?
    • Which apps can operate without a phone? Offline mode available?

Summary

Wait and see what happens on Monday. Will I buy? Heck no. Apple has taught me a lesson in fiscal responsibility and it revolves around not needing the new hotness every 12 months. It also goes back to release of the first iPhone, that time when no one knew what the release cycle would be. No matter the testing, this is their first iteration and I would rather wait until the next round. I am going to keep my eyes on the Garmin fenix3 for now. I need a durable watch that I can drop, forget to charge and workout in. Also one that someone won’t rob me for.

What about you? Are you ready to hand over your $349+ to Apple for a new watch?

Photo Credit: Apple, Inc.