Yesterday, Apple unveiled its latest products; its first wearable Apple Watch, which was revealed last by Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, who borrowed the late Steve Jobs’ signature “One More Thing” catchphrase for the reveal. The Apple Watch – which was not named iWatch as we expected – can only be used with an iPhone (5, 5C, 5S, 6 or 6 Plus). It tracks your heart rate and daily activities with its sensor filled sapphire glass Retina display. The display is touchscreen with a digital crown for navigating apps and getting to the homescreen.
Apple’s team of third-party developers are working on customized apps for the Apple Watch which runs on Apple’s new WatchKit platform. WatchKit is the OS upon which subsequent Apple wearables would be built.
The Apple Watch comes in three different collections: the Watch, which has a stainless steel finish; Watch Sport, made of ‘’lightweight anodized aluminum’’ and Watch Edition made of 18k gold.
Each watch can be further customized with either a special sport band for exercising or any of the available interchangeable bands. The device would be available early next year and would be sold for 350 dollars.
The Apple Watch was not the only product that had the spot light.
Apple also unveiled their first mobile payment platform, ApplePay. ApplePay is being introduced as one of the updates in the iOS 8 and would be compatible on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and later on the Apple Watch.
ApplePay uses the iOS Passbook app and Tocuh ID as users would have to scan their credit cards using the Passbook app. Apple prevents sharing payment information with merchants by locally storing the secure one-time code, created by the Passbook, on your device.
ApplePay can be used within apps as more than 200,000 merchants are willing to support the platform. However the platform would only be available in the US before it is rolled out to other countries.
Apple also included an update to its mobile operating system which would be compatible with iPhone 5, 5C, 5S and the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.