Apple Watch (Ariel Adams 001)

Rather than browse an App Store for third-party Apple Watch software on the device’s tiny Retina touchscreen, fans will be instead using a dedicated iPhone app to manage their Apple smartwatch and apps, Ariel Adams noted two days ago in his hands-on article on A Blog To Watch.

The iPhone app, he learned, will be used to download apps onto the Apple Watch, “as well as likely manage Apple Watch settings”.

Apple is already offloading certain functions from the wearable device to the iPhone. For example, GPS positioning and Wi-Fi networking requires a paired iPhone.

A user’s iPhone is also used to help with computational demands, Adams noted. “Apple cleverly pushes a lot of processor needs to the phone in order to preserve Apple Watch battery life”.

For those wondering, you’ll be able to use your Apple Watch during exercise without an iPhone in your pocket, unless you require GPS functions, because the device can track “a lot of exercise and movement data” without being connected to an iPhone.

Apple Watch (Ariel Adams 002)

“Once paired again, the Apple Watch shares data with the host apps on the phone,” he added.

Earlier this morning, Taiwanese publication Apple Daily said contract manufacturer Quanta Computer is scheduled to kick off mass production of Apple Watches in January 2015, giving hope that the device may hit store shelves in time for Valentine’s Day 2015.

The Apple Watch is currently on display at Colette’s boutique on Rue Saint-Honoré.

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Members of Apple’s industrial team (Jony Ive, Marc Hewson and others) flew to France yesterday to personally demonstrate the smartwatch to The Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Chanel creative chief Karl Lagerfeld and other high-profile fashion luminaries in Paris.

The device starts at $349 and is “coming early-2015,” as per Apple’s website.

[A Blog To Watch via 9to5Mac]

  • tariq

    This watch is so ugly and overpriced. Apple needs to lessons Moto 360 and LG R smart watch.

    • sdhn

      No.

    • Willie

      Quality over quantity.

    • Fanboy 

      Lol, you call this a nice design? With its awesome 1/2 a day battery life.

      • Maxim∑

        The Apple watch balances design and hardware while the 360 seems to just focus on physical design mostly. Perfect example:

      • Maxim∑

        Apple watch 4 sensors for heart rate black piece extruded so it stays in contact with your skin

        360-1 standard PPG optical sensor, no way to stay in contact with skin unless you tighten the whole band

      • Fanboy 

        I agree. And I think the most impressive thing about the Apple Watch is the software. Apple built a whole new operating system tailored for a watch, which allows you to do more than just mirror your notifications from your phone.

      • Maxim∑

        Exactly! I’m not saying a smart watch should be like a phone but it should be more than just having a few Google now cards on your wrist. I thought the software was very nice with good transitions and customization also

      • Kurt

        Samsung has the best watches software wise and design-except for a majorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr size problem! Way too huge. But beautiful and can do so much. Vast majority of people don’t really want a smart watch. This is a slight fad that will die off quickly.

      • Kurt

        Software? It doesn’t even work right now. They haven’t even come close to finishing it. Plus, no one will love the software because one wants to tap/swipe/turn the crown/tap the crown. So dumb. Next year they will get rid of the idiotic crown. Plus the watch is ugly.

      • Matt

        Especially the screen cuts off randomly at the bottom

      • Zac Bishop

        Half day? I’ve been using it since 5:45 this morning

      • Fanboy 

        Yeah? Well I’ve been using my iPhone 6 since last Friday! Doesn’t mean I haven’t charged it in between now and then 😉

      • Zac Bishop

        I took it off the charger at 5:45 am haven’t charged it since

      • Well the battery life you get will be different to the battery life someone else gets as everybody uses their devices differently…

      • Zac Bishop

        Very true, but this motorola pushed out a update this last week that improves the battery life on the watch

      • benny001

        Ur just mad u didnt wait for the apple watch

      • Zac Bishop

        No, I’m not mad at all

      • Fanboy 

        Come on buddy, you dont REALLY expect anybody to believe that since 5:45am your awesomely designed Moto 360 is still at 65% do you? At that rate the battery life would exceed 2 days, which we all know on this website is not true, and all other major tech sites have clearly published articles on the horrible battery life. Go troll another website buddy, here at iDB we’re not gullible we know our stuff 😉

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    • Krystian Łazowski

      I think they just need to tell people it’s beautiful and people will believe it.
      I’m not saying they will do some kind of brainwashing; I mean it’s normal, human taste is not something unchangeable, it’s all about marketing and good product placement.

      • Its beauty is actually in the eye of the beholder.. So if someone thinks anything is ugly or beautiful then its purely there own opinion, it will never be a fact.

      • Krystian Łazowski

        I don’t think it is the whole truth, just look at how fashion has evolved over the decades. I believe fashion determines human tastes — maybe not totally, but still.

      • I think your partially correct but for the most part its up to the person in the end.

      • Kurt

        Basically, people are followers. They don’t think for themselves.

      • Vince Reedy

        It just needs to be said with Jony Ive’s soothing accent and facial expressions and all the drones will run to the Apple Store and stand in line.

    • John Wolf

      Truly a subjective opinion, I personal prefer square-faced watches and always avoid round-face ones. As far as price is concerned, based on features it would be understandable that it’s more money. Only the consumer can make the choice to buy or not.

    • Geoffrey Spencer

      That is YOUR opinion. The more I see it, the more I like it. I think I will be getting one myself.

    • jack

      if you knew anything about engineering you’d keep your mouth shut. moto 360 has terrible battery life and it may look good but it is just not practical. the software just wasn’t designed for a round screen and it has a moronic black spot in the bottom.. pathetic

      • s0me

        How the hell are you fanboys so “smart and bright”? He said the watch is ugly and overpriced. What are engineering functionality and practicality have to do with beauty/price (his own opinion) ? Btw the watch will only be out in early 2015 so…. you should think again about the person who should keep his mouth shut. SMH

      • jack

        why do you think he said overpriced? based solely on its looks? kids on the internet…..

      • s0me

        Overpriced: the watch has a price much higher than its value. You can get a better looking watch like moto360 and lg whatever with less money.

    • Vince Reedy

      Obviously you haven’t heard Jony Ive talk about it. lol

    • Frozen Bee .GFKS

      ugly? yes…overpriced? definitely….but its still better then all other watches,so…i want it anyway..

      btw the “red” face on the top of article is ultra sick!

    • N&LH

      “Apple needs to lessons Moto 360 and LG R smart watch.” I think It is going to be the other way around

  • Linton Findlay

    im looking forward to see how dev adopt the watch. personally gonna wait until 2nd gen device myself, bet itil save most of my battery because according to ios 8 i use lockscreen/homescreen the most and i presume thats when im checking the time

  • Krystian Łazowski

    I believe they told something about purchasing watch apps through the phone during the evening.

  • Jon20

    I was kind of hoping it would look something like this:
    Except with a different UI of course.

    • kurt

      That is a cool design in all, but it looks more like a bracelet. When I am wearing a watch, I want it to look more like a watch and not a bracelet. I don’t wear bracelets, I wear watches. That is just my opinion on that. Obviously everyone is different on that. The screen on the apple watch will be much bigger than what is in that picture. If you were to put a bigger screen on something like that it would look weird and take up a lot of the wrist. The classic watch design is much smarter.

    • Vince Reedy

      I think that looks terrible. I would never wear that. I like the look of the Apple watch, but the starting price point is just too much for me. Especially if I will need my phone for most of the functionality.

      • For those wondering, you’ll be able to use your Apple Watch during exercise without an iPhone in your pocket, unless you require GPS functions, because the device can track “a lot of exercise and movement data” without being connected to an iPhone.

      • Vince Reedy

        Good to know, thanks for clarification.

      • Kurt

        You like the look of the Apple watch? You don’t have good taste.

      • Vince Reedy

        Sorry to have offended you with my taste. Is there somewhere I can go or someone I can see to get the problem taken care of? I would hate to offend you again, Kurt, I mean DB.

      • Kurt

        It’s ok man. I forgive you! Have a great day!

  • iPodDroid

    Despite being the first generation, the watch is still hideously ugly and I wouldn’t ever consider purchasing this or any smart watch. Honestly, I don’t see the point to Smart watches.

    • Vince Reedy

      Not when it needs to be tethered to your phone. Who wants to go for a run with a 6+ in your pocket?

      • Its supposed to be able to connect with the iPhone 5 and up.

      • iPodDroid

        Especially when it requires an iPhone 6 and up. Lol Definitely not going to spend than $1000 or more on a watch that requires a phone just to deliver the full experience.

      • Wrong it does not require the iPhone 6 and up.

      • iPodDroid

        My bad! Thanks for the correction!

    • Kurt

      They will be no more in a year or so. This is never become a mature product.

  • iNeedANameHere

    Pleaseeeeee Apple make this app optional or at least hidden until you pair an Apple Watch to your iPhone. Don’t give me more apps to throw in a growing folder….

    • kurt

      I am sure that it will be an app that you download from the app store. That would make more sense any ways. It would not be smart for them to install it on every phone because not everyone will be getting the watch. But if you get the watch I am sure you will download the app for it and it will always be there, I don’t see it being an app that goes away when no watch is connected and coming back when it is connected.

      • iNeedANameHere

        That was my first thought too. But then I realized not everyone wants a Tips app…. Lol

      • kurt

        Haha yes, that is very true. I am like you I have a rather large folder full of the stock apps that I will never use!

    • Since it’s useless without the secondary hardware, I seriously doubt they would preinstall such an app on everyone’s device. Even Apple know that not everyone will own the Watch

  • Cameron Chao

    Apple will make this work. Trust me.

    • ✯Mike✯

      lol fanboy

    • Vince Reedy

      I’m sorry I had doubts, I will trust you completely. If I have a problem in the future, I will tell Apple that Cameron told me you would make it work.

      • Cameron Chao

        I sense the sarcasm, but does that mean you are going to buy it?

      • Vince Reedy

        I think the configurations of bands and watch that I would like would be well above what I’d be willing to pay. Probably a no for me. I won’t buy an entry level item that I won’t like just to say I have one. Nothing against anybody that would though.

    • Guest

      How are you not embarrassed to say such things? Pathetic.

  • Matt

    Can’t wait to get one myself – these will work with a 5s right?!

    • I think so since the 5s has low energy Bluetooth…

  • Ethan Humphrey

    Wish you could pair it with the iPod touch and iPad. Maybe there will be a jailbreak tweak.

  • G-HaB

    I can’t wait to be rocking an apple watch ima be swagged out with a Apple watch on my wrist YA DIG!!