The first batch of Apple watches were received by some few lucky people who were probably sitting at their computers right at midnight on April 14th. The scene is all too familiar to me. When preorders for the iPhone 6 began last September, I found my husband passed out on our office floor at 3 AM after an unsuccessful night of trying to place an order among all the Apple website glitches. Needless to say, this was not something I was willing to do despite how desperately I want this neat new gadget, Yes......I MUST HAVE THIS!! However, patience paid off for me with the iPhone 6, and patience will pay off with the Apple Watch as well. So far, I have taken in a lot of information thanks to an amazing show that I am totally obsessed with, MacBreak Weekly http://twit.tv/show/macbreak-weekly The guys on this show are so knowledgeable and just amazing to both watch on my Roku and listen to in my car on podcast. I watched Leo LaPorte unbox the Apple watch on April 24th and I am quite impressed with the look and ease of setting up the watch. The only thing that I noticed was that it took a long time to sync the apps that are currently on your phone along with the watch. If you go to the iTunes store, you will find apps that are for your iPhone and right below it will let you know that it is also available for the Apple Watch.
The video showed Leo setting up his wife's watch (poor Lisa has not gotten her watch back as of the latest episode) and you can see the ease of simply tapping on the Apple Watch icon and holding your phones camera up to the watch for simple pairing. The Apple Watch app is what you will use to pair up and sync your watch. You will also use the app for any further setting adjustments you'll want to make in the future, which is a huge relief being that it can seem quite difficult to maneuver around such a small screen when we have all become accustomed to bigger screens - or what I like to call phablets.
Another neat feature of this watch is that you are not stuck to the band you purchase your initial case with. This is a great feature for those who want both a sport band for your every day use or working out but would also want a nicer band, such as the Milanese Loop for more formal events. There are so many options to choose from starting with the material of the case, size of the case, and band that you want with your watch. Your current options for the cases are aluminum, stainless steel, and gold. Among the aluminum and stainless steel you have the option of silver or space gray. Sizing options are 38mm or 42mm. The band options are endless. I suggest going directly to the Apple store website for more details regarding your options for bands at http://store.apple.com/us/watch
So what exactly does this expensive little gadget do? Well, here's a quick rundown of some of the features
- You have the ability to change the way apps appear on your watch (which is great because my husband HATES those little circles all disorganized on the watch face)
- A wide range of watch faces to choose from that are further customizable.
- SIRI is built in. Although I really hope she has gotten her act together and stops sassing me every time I ask her for something.
- Text messages are received on your watch and you are able to reply directly from your watch as well.
- Digital touch allows you to send images that you hand draw
- Plenty of fitness apps that help you track heart rate, calories burned, and steps taken.
- You can send your heart beat to others (trying to make that the selling point to the hubby but I'm not so sure he's buying into it)
- Apple Pay
- Send and receive messages and calls
- Easy to manage mail
- And for those lucky BMW owners - You get the BMW iRemote app. EXCITING! Tim Cook says that the Apple watch will replace your car keys in the future, not just for BMW.
So, what is my take on all of this? Well, this is my plan. I will DEFINITELY buy an Apple Watch (Shocker!) However, I intend to start with the Apple Watch Sport in space gray and perhaps get a Milanese Loop band for more formal wear. Being that this is Apple's first go round at a smart watch, I don't have plans for investing big money on something extra fancy until a future generation of Apple Watch comes out - and by extra fancy, I am certainly not referring to the Apple Watch Edition that starts off at a whopping $10K despite how beautiful this Rose Gold Apple Watch is.
You can watch Leo Laporte unveil the Apple Watch in the video below.
You can also read much more on the Apple Watch on iMore with Rene Ritchie. You can find detailed information on setting up your watch, navigation, apps to download, and much more.
Let me know what you think about the Apple Watch. If you already have one, I would love to read your comments and opinions on the watch.