With Apple previewing more of the Apple Watch in this week’s Spring event, we got to see a lot more of what it can do, what developers are working on as far as creating their apps to work on the device and of course prices and release dates.
After events like these, there are always questions about the device which Apple didn’t cover most probably down to time constraints but since the event, some snippets that caught me eye included Jim Dalrymple’s view on the how the Watch can differ from the iPhone;
I really like what Uber has done with its app on the watch. You are initiating something on the watch, not just responding to things happening on the iPhone. This is what we need to see more of from developers moving forward.
One of the mistakes that I made when thinking about the watch was that I’d just be responding to messages—that sounds expensive and boring. Luckily I was wrong.
On a question of storage, Charles Arthur sought out this from Apple:
Apple Watch can store 2GB of music (and play it to Bluetooth headphone), 75 MB of photos; 8 GB storage total.
On a question of waterproof, John Gruber found the small print for the Apple Watch:
Apple Watch is splash and water resistant but not waterproof. You can, for example, wear and use Apple Watch during exercise, in the rain, and while washing your hands, but submerging Apple Watch is not recommended. Apple Watch has a water resistance rating of IPX7 under IEC standard 60529. The leather bands are not water resistant.
On the surface the Apple Watch is limited and direct with the most useful information pushed to the top. A text comes in from one of my VIP contacts and I can immediately read it and respond without being dragged four layers deep inside my phone. To respond I can only use voice dictation or tap one of the prefilled fields such as “On my way”. An Uber notification that my car is two minutes away. Great, nothing more to see here. A Dark Sky notification that a massive thunderstorm is set to strike. I think I’ll head inside. A phone call from my wife, “Hello?”. No more fumbling for the phone inside the car, the backpack or pants pocket. My phone could even be plugged in three floors away, on the same WiFi network, and I can receive a call on my wrist.
Personally, I think I am going to order the 42mm Sport version as I like the matte finish to match metal.
There will be stacks more snippets to link to in the coming weeks before launch and with the initial excitement hitting everybody before pre-orders take place, it’s useful to learn as much as we can about the product including details that were readily available.
So for now, we look forward to April 10th when pre-orders begin.