Apple WatchEditor: Rene Ritchie Last updated 1 day ago
The Apple Watch is Apple's newest, most personal computer. It comes in two sizes — 38mm and 42mm; and three collections — the aluminum Apple Watch Sport, the stainless steel Apple Watch, and the gold Apple Watch Edition. It was announced at the September 2014 special event, will start at $349, and will be available spring 2015.
Reportedly code-named gizmo, the Apple Watch project began in 2011, championed by senior vice president of desig, Jony Ive and his friend, and now official collaborator, Marc Newson. The Apple Watch runs WatchOS, a stripped down version of iOS under the direction of vice president Kevin Lynch.
Instead of the traditional springboard home screen filled with super-elipse icons found on iPhone or iPad, the Apple Watch runs a frontboard carousel of round icons that change in scale and position. Instead of gestures for navigation, the Apple Watch uses a digital crown to handle scrolling and zooming, and a force press to bring up secondary actions. There's also a button beneath the crown that launches a friend interface or can be double-clicked to go into Apple Pay.
Developers can make apps for the Apple Watch using WatchKit. Currently WatchKit supports looks (notifications), glances (widgets), and WatchKit apps (remote views), with native apps coming later this year.
Apple has also made several other unique apps for the Apple Watch, including Fitness, Activity, and Workout for health and fitness, a remote viewfinder for the iPhone's camera, and more.