Apple introduces the watch of the future

The Apple Sport Watch with silver aluminum case and white sport band starting at $349.

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The Apple Sport Watch with silver aluminum case and white sport band starting at $349.

Julia Greenspan, Social Media Editor

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On March 9th, Apple released new information regarding the Apple Watch, which Apple CEO Tim Cook first introduced as the company’s “new chapter” in early September.

Last week, Cook excitedly spoke of new features and announced that the release date for the watch would be April 24, 2015; however, you can order it starting April 10.

The Watch comes in three different series and 20 different models: the Sport, the Watch and the Watch Edition. The Sport is the least expensive and starts at $349 while the the 18-karat-gold Watch Edition, the most pricey, could cost up to $17,000.

“I would not want to be the President of Rolex, Tissot or Tag Hauer right now,” Jim Honeycutt, media teacher, says. “Apple has a reputation for creating elegant and beautiful devices… so watch out!”

The appearance of the watch, while it may not look like a typical one from popular jewelry companies, is a stunning new interface from Apple. There are also choices in wrist-band types ranging from Sport Band to Milanese Loop to Link Bracelet.

Students such as Gilli Rozynek ’16, may not be getting the watch themselves but definitely think the designs can attract all types of people, not just techies.

“Not only is it functional, but it’s also trendy, which I think will lure a lot of people who value fashion and high-quality wristwear,” Rozynek said.

The stylish appearance isn’t the watch’s only advantage. Each one comes equipped with a multitude of features. Watch owners can use all the amenities that a typical iPhone has such as call or messaging options, but Apple added a few extra perks.

With this wearable piece, you can use it as a replacement hotel room key or car key, have accessibility to Apple Pay, readily track your fitness and much more.

You can also connect your iPhone to the watch to see notifications. With easily-accessible “glances,” you have access to reminders, alarms and calendars.

Some students, however, find that the basic features won’t be enough.

“It probably won’t be very useful at first until independent application developers get their hands on it,” Kell Pogue ’17 says. “My biggest fear is that it will be redundant with the popularity of Smartphones, but I know that Apple will be able to find some unique uses.”

Unlike Apple’s other devices, the watch has up to 18 hours of battery life. When this runs out, you can simply recharge the device with a unique charger that Apple designed so its magnetic rather than insertable, making it easier to attach than ever.

Tech-savvy Dylan Diamond ’17 believes that the product is very convenient for the tech-obsessed culture, but Apple will probably need to work on making it stand out from its smartphones.

“It will take time, but eventually–as with most Apple products–it will become a hit.”

This revolutionary release from Apple is unlike any other device of this time. They have introduced something functional, fashionable and above all, futuristic.

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