As I wrote in my 2014 Year in Review feature, smartwatches are going to have a huge year in 2015. And today, it takes an even larger step now that Apple is set to reveal more details regarding its Apple Watch in an event scheduled to take place later today.
Apple already gave us some basic information regarding the Apple Watch, such as it’s ability to act as an extension of iOS 8 by beaming information from your device straight to your watch, like weather, directions, or phone calls. The watch will also help its wearer keep tabs on their health by featuring a pedometer as well as a custom heart rate monitor.
The watch itself will come in a 1.5-inch and 1.7-inch screen size, and although Apple has yet to disclose what its screen resolutions will be, according to the Apple Watch SDK, we learned they’ll run at a resolution of 272 x 340 and 312 x 390, respectively. Users will be able to customize their watch through the introduction of different watch faces and straps.
The Apple Watch supports both touch navigation, which many smartwatch and phone users will instantly be familiar with, but Apple also allows its UI to be controlled by a “Digital Crown.” The mechanical wheel allows the user to scroll and browse through the UI in lieu of tapping the screen, which could make it an easier product to understand for those who have used analog watches for a long time.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg of what the Apple Watch will be capable of as Apple is expected to not only give us a ton of new details regarding its smartwatch, but also when we should expect it to release. So if you have the day off or you’re able to keep tabs on the Apple event while you’re at work, you can head on over to Apple’s livestream site at 10 a.m. PT to watch the announcement for yourself. Please note that you need to access the livestream from Safari, and iOS device, or the dedicated channel on Apple TV.
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