Apple Watch available in April

The Apple Watch will be available in Australia from April 2015.

Apple Watch available in April

Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that production of the Apple Watch was ‘on schedule’ and should be in Australian stores sometime in April 2015.

The smartwatch was unveiled alongside the launch of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in September last year. Tech junkies over the world have been waiting with baited breath ever since. So, what does the wearable ‘smartwatch’ actually do and how much will it cost?

What does it do?

Developers have the best idea of how the wearable device will work and know all about its specifications, but here’s a quick overview of what we know so far:

  • it gives you the option of dismissing unwanted calls and will keep you informed of your more important alerts without having to take your phone from your pocket
  • apps include iMessages, HealthKit, Calendar, Weather, Mail, Photos, Camera shutter button (for selfies), Passbook, Apple Pay and Apple Maps for navigation
  • you can use the watch as a flashlight
  • you can track your pizza delivery
  • enables you to browse Twitter and Instagram.

All of these Apple Watch apps and settings can be organised with a single iPhone companion app. Developers have been working with the ‘WatchKit’ (Apple Watch developer software) since November, so there will be many more apps available, even prior to the release date.

How much will it cost?

Apple has said the basic models will cost around $440 in Australia, while a high-end gold version would sell for up to $6400. Apple will offer many band options, including different metal finishes, plastic, rubber and mesh. There will no doubt be a glut of third-party options available not long after the release of the watch, so you can accessorise and give them different looks for different occasions.

Why would you want one?

If you like the idea that your watch can talk to your phone, but you can’t talk to your watch (no secret service styles on the horizon) then this is the wearable smartwatch for you. If you’re a tech junkie who can’t get enough facetime with Facebook and Twitter, then Apple Watch is right up your alley. Or maybe you’re into smart fashion and you like the idea of a watch that can give you a different look each time you swap its interchangeable band.

It’s a bit difficult to say why you would want an Apple Watch, because so little is known about them at the moment. It maybe best to wait until its release before you put one on your Christmas list. No doubt, by that time there’ll be an Apple Watch 2.2 and this new one will be redundant.

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    Polly Esther
    12th Feb 2015
    Dick Tracy had one of these back in the 1940's
    12th Feb 2015
    But does it tell the time?
    13th Feb 2015
    Yep… in many different ways and with many different watch faces!

    13th Feb 2015
    I currently have a Pebble which is a smart watch that connects to my iPhone which operates well.

    Smartwatches are great because they give you control. A light buzz on your wrist ensures you don't miss calls, messages, emails etc and gives you details. All done without drawing attention to the communication or interfering with what you are doing.

    No Gold watch for me BUT I am keen to get one of the Apple Watches… Apple products are always excellently made AND I believe these watches will last for many years because of the design and software they detailed… one wants to have to replace their watch every two years (having to do it for the phone is bad enough).

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