Apple’s iWatch is finally here
It's coming to Canada April 24, and will range in price from $449 to an uber-fancy edition that costs up to $22,000.
SAN FRANCISCO — Make calls, read email, control music, manage Instagram photos, keep up with your workout, pay for groceries, open your hotel room door. CEO Tim Cook says you can do it all from your wrist with Apple Watch – for 18 hours a day. That’s how long the battery will last on an average day.
Pre-orders start April 10. That’s also when people will be to check them out in retail stores.
In Canada, the devices will range from $449 to as much as $22,000 for a luxury edition. Industry watchers are eager to see if Apple’s version will be the tipping point for the sluggish smartwatch market. There was similar skepticism when Apple released the iPad in 2010, yet the company has successfully sold millions and its popularity has shaken up the PC market.
The watches are available in two sizes, with 38-millimetre and 42-millimetre bodies.
The Apple Watch Sport is priced at $449 and $519 in Canada, the mid-range Apple Watch is priced between $699 and $1,459 depending on the style of band, and Apple Watch Edition models start at $13,000.
The watch will start selling on April 24 in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and the UK.
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Apple says the watch will have 18 hours of battery life across a range of activity, which Cook describes as “all day.”
That’s so if you factor in charging it while you sleep, but you wouldn’t be able to use sleep-tracking apps overnight.
The watch is charged with a magnetic charger that clicks into place when it’s near the back of the watch.
Apple also is releasing an update to its iOS software for iPhones that includes an Apple Watch app. You won’t be able to use it yet, but you can see some of the customization options and other features to come.
For now, you can get reservation information for your Starwood hotel room, and unlock the room door right from the notification on the watch – bypassing the front desk. Using a service from Alarm.com, you can also open your garage door remotely.
Apple says developers have been working on thousands of apps since the company released tools in November.
You’ll able to pay for groceries and other items via Apple Pay integrated into the watch. And you can make and receive Lynch also demonstrates making and receiving calls, getting a boarding pass notification and calling Uber.
The watch will notify a wearer with a “tap” when a new email has arrived, for instance. You can use the watch for phone calls – the watch is connected to your iPhone using Bluetooth.
Cook says its Apple Pay mobile-payment service has expanded to 2,500 banks since launching in October with six credit-card issuing banks in the US. The number of merchants accepting Apple Pay has tripled to nearly 700,000 across the US.
The stakes are high for a company that just dislodged AT&T as one of the 30 stocks comprising the venerable Dow Jones industrial average. The watch is the first brand-new device Apple has launched without Steve Jobs.
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