• Paul Fingleton

Countdown to Apple Watch launch event at 5pm GMT

Today will see Apple officially launch their first new product since the iPad in 2010, the Apple Watch.

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, unveiled the product back in September 2014 using Steve Jobs famous "One More Thing…" line and will be looking to copy the success of the products launched under the hugely successful second stint of Jobs as CEO with the launch of Apple.

Cook has high ambitions for the Watch: "I see the smart watch category very much like that [the MP3 Market].", Cook stated in February, "There are several things that are called smart watches, but I'm not sure you could name any. There hasn't been one that changed the way people live their lives. At Apple, that's our objective. We want to change the way you live your life."

Things we know about the Watch so far:

  • It will come in two sizes (small and large) and three models (Watch Sport, Watch and Watch Gold)

  • The straps on various models will be interchangeable - you can change the strap according to your taste, fashion or mood that day, if you wish.

  • Apps will run on your iPhone, for now, with the Watch serving as a delivery mechanism using companion apps. Native Apps are expected 'Later in the year'

  • It will feature GPS, Heart Rate and other sensors to help with directions, Health and Sport activity tracking.

  • It will pair with iPhone only - any model later than iPhone 5

  • It can be used with Apple Pay

  • You can use Siri voice control via that Watch.

  • It will feature a Crown on the side of the watch, similar to an Analogue watch, that will be used to control parts of the experience.

  • It will allow multiple types of input: Tap, Long Press, Pinch to Zoom, Swipe and the Digital Crown in addition to voice input.

Things we don't know:

  • Battery Life - how often will you have to recharge the device? If this is less than 24 hours then the device will be dead in the water before launch.

  • Price - We understand that the Watch Sport will launch for a price starting at $349, but which size and how much will other models cost?

  • Storage - Can you store anything on the phone or will it be wholly reliant on the storage of your iPhone?

  • International Availability - Expected to release in the US in April 2015, we do not know when it will be available in international markets like Ireland.

  • App performance - How do apps and App Companions perform on the Watch. Apple want users to be able to use the watch to accomplish tasks in 10 seconds or under. Is that to save battery life or an optimal user experience?

  • Will it be better to wait for the next hardware revision of the Watch than to plump for the first gen device?

Don't forget that the clocks went forward in the US at the weekend, the Apple "Spring Forward" event will take place at 5pm Irish time (10am Pacific).

Source: Watch the reveal Live on Apple.com

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