Apple officially released its much anticipated watch Monday at a special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The watch will be available for pre-order beginning April 10th and start at $349 in the US for the aluminum and glass Apple Watch Sport. In all there are at least three different styles, two different sizes , and six different watch bands, so the options for customization are strong. They also come in two sizes, 38mm and 42mm. If you like fancy, there's even the Apple Watch Edition with 18-karat solid gold cases in yellow or rose.
Among other features, the smartwatch is a music player, fitness tracker, workout nanny, heart monitor, communications device, portal to other apps, and a wallet replacement via its Apple Pay system. The latter lets you use your watch to buy lunch at places like Whole Foods. There are integrations with Uber and Instagram and many other popular services. You can even use the watch to unlock your hotel room. Telling time seems almost beside the point.
To unlock its full potential, the watch must be paired with an iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6 or 6 Plus. There's a special Apple watch app for these iPhones. Earlier Apple phones and competitor devices from Android are excluded.
Apple claims up to 18 hours on a single charge. The watch recharges via a magnetic attachment that snaps to the back of the case. The watch is also water resistant but we don't suggest trying it out near H20.
Was it worth the wait?