Apple Watch, the smartwatch that was announced at WWDC last year, is the company’s latest product, but it’s one that’s going to require some faith in its ability to be a game changer.
The company has shown the device can do a lot more than simply record your health data, but Apple’s biggest competitor has yet to release its own smartwatch.
Engadgets spoke to Apple’s senior VP of devices and wearables, Tim Cook, about what to expect from Apple Watch and how it’s going into the market with a product that can do much more than just record your heart rate.
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The first-ever smartwatch can track your heart activity and activity level.
Apple Watch can track heart rate, respiration, and movement levels, and can even detect changes in your sleep, which will help you stay active.
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The watch has a heart rate sensor.
When you press the heart rate button, a “battery” (or battery pack) in the watch is charged.
The battery in the Apple Watch lasts about three hours, so the watch can be used as a heart-rate monitor for several days at a time.
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The Apple Watch will support NFC, so you can transfer your health information.
“We will not have to rely on your credit card or other payment methods to get the data that we need,” Cook said.
“There will be no credit card, no PayPal, no bank account or any other payment method involved.
That data is stored securely on our servers, and we will use the data to improve the product and enhance our customers.”
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The smartwatch will also work with a new Apple Music app.
Apple is offering a new iPhone app, which it says is built specifically for the Apple Watches.
The new Apple Wathes will also come with Apple Music, which is the only app that will be supported with the Apple WATCH.
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The device is waterproof.
The watches are made of an aluminum body, and it can be dropped from up to 20 feet (6 meters).
The watch can also be submerged in up to 1 meter (3 feet) of water.
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It’s compatible with Android Wear smartwatches.
Android Wear is a smartwatch-based Android operating system that includes Google’s mobile operating system and a variety of apps for the phone, tablet, and smartwatch devices.
Engaged in-store with an Android Wear device in New Jersey, Cook was asked if the Apple watch could be used to power Android Wear.
Cook responded that “it’s a very good idea.”
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It can record your heartbeat.
The iPhone app will also track your health, which can be stored in a nearby health app or in the cloud, where you can track it through Apple’s Health app.
The app can also automatically turn on the watch when you take it out of the case.
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The Watch will also be able to automatically send your heart rates and your blood pressure to the cloud for analysis.
Apple will integrate an accelerometer sensor to measure your pulse rate in the Watch’s wrist band.
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You can buy a pair of Apple Watch straps at retail for around $100.
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It will connect to a computer via Bluetooth for video and music playback.
Apple said the Applewatch will not be able, as of yet, to play video files on the Watch itself.
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