Calling it the most personal device the company has ever created, Apple on Monday officially launched its smartwatch designed as a comprehensive health and fitness companion.
Leveraging an accelerometer, a built-in heart rate sensor, GPS and Wi-Fi from iPhone, Apple Watch smartly uses the best sensors for different types of motion and provides a comprehensive picture of your all-day activity and workouts, according to Apples announcement.
We want people to be healthier by being more active, so the Apple Watch tracks your daily movement. It tracks how long youre exercising or getting brisk activity, and it even reminds you if youve been sitting too long, Tim Cook, Apples CEO, told the audience at a March 9 product launch event.
Cook said the smartwatch is like having a coach on your wrist sending users reminders to be more active, and he said at the end of the week on a Monday it will send you a report of how you did the previous week. Apple Watch provides detailed metrics for physical activities, such as walking, running and cycling, through a new Workout app and uses this history to suggest personalized activity goals.
Apple Watch requires iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 8.2. or later. An Activity app on iPhone collects the activity and workout data from Apple Watch, providing a simple visual snapshot of your daily activity with three rings that measure active calories burned, brisk activity and how often youve stood up to take a break from sitting during the day.
On April 24, Apple Watch will be available in nine countries including the United States. The smartwatch comes in two different sizes, 38 mm and 42 mm, and in three versionsApple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition. Apple Watch Sport is priced at $349 and $399; Apple Watch ranges from $549 to $1,099; and Apple Watch Edition, crafted from custom rose or yellow 18-karat gold alloys, starts at $10,000.
But, Brent Iadarola, global research director for mobile and wireless communications at Frost & Sullivan, tells Health Data Management that starting at $349 Apple Watch is definitely not a mass market consumer price point. Further, he said, because the smartwatch requires an iPhone the price of entry for Apple Watch can be much higher for users of other mobile platforms that will need to become iPhone customers.
Greg Slabodkin writes for Health Data Management, a SourceMedia publication.
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