Have you ever been at an event and desperately wanted to check your email inconspicuously? Or, have you ever been running and didn’t want to get out your phone to open your app to see your progress? Apple recognized these problems and developed a solution — a wearable device that would combine the sleekness of your watch with the capabilities of your phone.
What is the Apple iWatch?
The Apple iWatch is a digital watch that provides users with the time, delivers notifications from their phone, and helps focus on health and fitness capabilities.
Introducing the Apple iWatch
The Apple iWatch was introduced as a new product on April 24, 2015. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook introduced it as the “next chapter in Apple history.”
The watch came out four years after Apples founder Steve Jobs passed away. However, its been said that Steve Jobs was aware of the Apple iWatch’s product conception.
Apple iWatch Capabilities
When the Apple iWatch was announced in 2015, it was priced at $349. The justification for such a high cost came from the watch’s many unique features and capabilities.
- It receives calls and accepts texts from your iPhone and suggests quick responses for the texts.
- It includes an accelerometer that counts your steps and measures your body’s activity, so you can keep track of calories burned.
- The back of the watch has a custom heart rate sensor.
- You can use your watch to access Apple Maps and ask Siri for directions.
- You can use Apple Pay on your watch.
- You can stream Apple Music and Apple Podcasts from your watch, even while you’re away from your phone.
History of Apple iWatch Versions
As it’s been four years since the initial Apple iWatch product launch, there have been several versions released.
The main developments of the products have been:
Apple iWatch Series One: This watch did not have a built-in GPS chip and relied on the user’s iPhone being nearby to use Apple Maps. It was able to track your heartbeat, stairs climbed and steps taken but was not able to properly track distance. Instead, the Apple iWatch would store the data locally and would attempt to sync with your iPhone later.
Apple iWatch Series Two: In 2016, Apple announced the second installment of its Apple iWatch product line, which included a water resistance 50-meter rating for swimming, a brighter screen and a built-in GPS so runners can track their progress without their iPhone on them.
Apple iWatch Series Three: The main new feature in the third series of the Apple iWatch was LTE connectivity capability. This new feature was supposed to make the watch feel like it could replace your iPhone entirely, but multiple reviews stated that it failed to achieve this goal. Even the Wall Street Journal described the LTE connection as unreliable and needing further improvement.
Apple iWatch Series Four: Unveiled in 2018, the fourth edition of the Apple iWatch featured a bigger display screen and new options for watch face customization. Most notably, it became the first product on the market (without a prescription) that can take an electrocardiogram (ECG) reading, and it was approved by the FDA for this feature. The ECG feature can help detect a variety of cardiac problems in users.
The Apple Watch has exceeded most user’s expectations. It maintains the Apple track record for a sleek and modern design, and it’s great for those who are active, busy or just tech-lovers. The iWatch continues to develop with every intention to eventually replace people’s phones, and each new version’s exciting advancements bring the iWatch closer to its ultimate destiny.