After months of rumors & speculation, Apple finally forayed into wearables by launching a smart watch called Apple Watch at a press event held at Flint Center in Cupertino, California. (Also read: Apple launches a TouchID-based mobile wallet service Apple Pay) The watch features a flexible rectangular retina display laminated to a single crystal of sapphire with circular user interface. However, what's interesting here is the form factor Apple has chosen: While Apple Watch does feature a touch screen, the focus is mainly on the physical dial button on the right side of the watch called "digital crown". This dial can be used to scroll through lists and messages, zoom into maps and navigate through various apps that appear in form of dots on the home screen. It also acts at as home button. This is quite different from the touchscreen-centric smart watches we've seen until now (Pebble Steel is an exception but it lacks a touchscreen). That being said, you still need an iPhone to use this watch, that can be paired through Bluetooth 4.0. Apple mentions that watch turns on the display when the user raises their wrist and the retina display also features a new technology called ForceTouch which apparently senses the difference between a tap and a press. It also apparently features a taptic engine which alerts users with subtle vibrations on their wrists for notifications. Watch Faces & Glances: The watch comes with 11 customizable watch faces ranging from traditional analog faces to new faces like dynamic Timelapse face, Solar face and Astronomy face that apparently features an interactive, real-time 3D…
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