With the Apple Watch release date now confirmed for April 2015 (more on that here), the obvious question is: What does the Apple Watch do?
Here we’re taking a closer look at Apple Watch functionality, detailing five things the Apple Watch can do, and five it can’t.
Five things the Apple Watch can do
1. Deliver notifications and calls
With its built-in speaker and microphone, you can make and receive calls with the Apple Watch, though it effectively operates through your iPhone rather than being a standalone device.
You can also quickly check notifications for iMessages and twitter and the like, without having to take your iPhone from your pocket. Hopefully that doesn’t pose too much of a distraction when driving.
2. Allow navigation without obscuring the display
One of the headline features of the Apple Watch, in terms of design, is the Digital Crown on the side, allowing users to scroll around without obscuring the relatively small display.
3. Pay for stuff with Apple Pay
Apple Pay is on the rise, threatening to make contactless payments – dare we say it – popular in the west. Paying in-store is currently exclusive to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but you’ll soon be able to pay for stuff with the Apple Watch, too. Die, wallet, die!
4. Perform Siri searches
By yelling “Hey, Siri!” (or holding down the aforementioned Digital Crown), you can have Siri bring up movie times and turn-by-turn navigation and the like. Just a thought: does that mean you could shout “Hey, Siri!” in a crowded public place (like a train) and force everyone’s Apple Watch into action?
5. Track fitness
One of the main draws of the Apple Watch, in terms of functionality, is easily fitness tracking. With the Apple Watch, you’ll have an accelerometer and heart rate monitor right on your wrist, and oodles of data recorded such as calories burned and time spent standing.
Five things the Apple Watch can’t do
1. Work with Android and Windows Phone
Ok, this might sound like a slightly silly one, but the Apple Watch won’t work with Android devices or Windows Phones. Similarly, Android Wear has no interest in partying with the iPhone.
However, it's worth noting that there are wearable devices out there that are happy to play with both iOS and Android, such as the Pebble Smartwatch.
2. Take pictures
That’s right, the Apple Watch doesn’t have a built-in camera, though one has to wonder how much of a demand there really is for such a feature.
You can, however, use the Apple Watch display as a remote viewfinder for your iPhone camera, with the watch capable of taking pictures and setting the timer on behalf of the larger iDevice.
3. Type messages
Given the relatively small display, there’s not much room on there for a keyboard. As such, when it comes to sending messages, you can either choose from a list of presets or dictate via voice.
4. Measure distance if not in steps
If you’re walking around, the Apple Watch will use the accelerometer to count steps, but what if you’re cycling? Well, for that the Apple Watch relies on the GPS and Wi-Fi on your iPhone.
5. Appeal to entry-level consumers
With Apple Watch price coming in at $349, Team Cook’s first wearable is – let’s face it – an entirely luxury device, a bit like the iPad. To be fair, Apple openly prides itself on making premium products (a tactic that's clearly paying off, as evidenced by the best financial quarter of anyone ever ever ever), so don’t expect a $100 variant any time soon.
- Fore more on wearables, head over to sister site Wareable.com