The first chic wearable Apple Watch sales projections indicate it sold more on day one through pre-orders than Android Wear watches did in all of 2014. New orders have been pushed back as far as July.
The Apple Watch facts
- It’s an iOS 8.2-friendly watch that works alongside your iPhone
- Don’t expect to see Apple Watch in stores until June - there's a long waiting list!
- The price ranges from £299 for the entry-level sport model to £13,500 for the top-tier 18-karat gold editions
- You can try it on in Apple stores, but only during 15 minute appointments
- It's available in nine countries: US, UK, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Japan
- More designs may arrive with the Apple Watch 2 in a year or so.
What does the Apple Watch do?
This is Apple's first wearable gadget and it can send messages, social media updates and simplified apps to the wearer’s wrist, eliminating the need to find and take out our devices to constantly check notifications.
The watch can also work without an iPhone for select apps, including Apple Pay, Passbook flight check-ins, listening to music during a run and tracking fitness metrics. Oh, and it tells the time too!
It has 8GB of storage and this limits the amount of photos and music that can be stored directly on the smartwatch, but it's double the space of 4GB Android Wear watches. Most content streams from the iPhone anyway.
Apple Watch also makes mundane and often unwanted notifications (cold calls etc.) easy to dismiss while keeping you in the loop with important alerts.