If you happen to visit the Watch page on the Apple India website, you’ll find it states ‘Available 6/11‘. The Indian market shall welcome the Apple Watch on 6th November ahead of the festive season, and while we have the availability details at the moment, the company still hasn’t given out the exact prices of the many versions of the smartwatch available. The watch was announced last year September, and has made it to retail stores in many countries earlier this year.
The Apple Watch has been launched in three variants – Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition, and in two sizes – 38 mm and 42 mm. The Apple Watch has a starting price of $349 which comes to approximately Rs 23,000/-, but considering how the company’s raising the prices of its products in India, experts have anticipated it to go up to Rs 36,999/-. The high-end version of the watches could be availed for as much as $17,000 (near about Rs 11 lakhs).
Apple Watch is the first new product to be launched under Tim Cook’s leadership after Steve Jobs stepped down, and also the first new device category since 2010, when Apple revolutionized the tablet market with iPad.
As conventional timepieces continue to be on a decline, ever since phones and other handheld devices act as a makeshift watch, Apple Watch is counting in the smartwatch segment to boost up its sales. The Apple Watch does well to serve as a timepiece and could be personalized with faces like Chronograph face and Modular face that render it a more analog look, or with animated butterflies and fishes using the Motion face. Apart from time, it delivers you your weather reports, and has specialised set of functions on the watch face for sunrise/sunset, calendar/events and even daily activity level. Users may swipe the watch face for ‘Glances’ to check out the desired information- which may range from the music you want to listen to to checking up the weather report on a given location.
Health and fitness enthusiasts may make use of the Activity App which provides them with a simple visual display of the daily activity performed, and three rings below that measure the calories utilised and how often do you take a break or stand up. The Workout App offered detailed metrics of workout activities like running, cycling etc.
The Apple Watch operates well with iPhone 5 and successive devices running iOS 8.2 or higher. iOS 8.2 is now available for download.
Presently, there exist 34 versions of the Apple Watch. And while India is just about to get an experience of the smartwatch, reports of Apple Watch 2 releasing next year are already making the rounds.