Apple has revealed its new smartwatch collection, which can connect with the internet and an iPhone (as long as it doesn’t predate iPhone 5), and announced that they will be released on 24 April.
Prices will range from £299 to £13,500 depending on the design and model, with a range of options for the type of metal and straps used.
It seems that this is the sole aspect that determines the price of the watch, as Apple did not reveal any specification differences between models of the watch, the only variations being the materials used and the screen size. This might be disappointing for some who were hoping to shell out for better products, such as having larger memory space.
In the lower price range, there is a difference of $50 (£33) between the 1.7 inch screen version and the 1.5 inch screen version, which are the only options for screen size. There are a total of three editions (Watch, Watch Sport and Watch Edition).
The Apple Watch is claimed to take 2.5 hours to fully charge from 0 per cent, and Tim Cook, Chief Executive of Apple admitted that it will need charging every night: “During a typical day you can expect 18 hours [of battery life]. You’re going to be surprised at all the things the watch can do.”
The device connects to the user’s iPhone via bluetooth, and this then allows them to answer calls, view texts and complete other tasks using the Watch. It can also monitor the user’s heart rate and their physical activity.
There are a number of smartwatches already out there, but sales have yet to really take off. It remains to be seen if Apple will be able to ignite the market and be the catalyst to get a smart watch on every wrist, or whether it will be another false start.