We take a look Back at the history of the Apple Watch, as we prepare for Series 3.
Let's reminisce. It was 9th September 2014, when Apple officially unveiled the first ever Apple Watch. Featuring revolutionary new technologies and a pioneering user interface, the Apple Watch was no longer just a 'rumor', it was a real life product that we could actually wear and use to communicate right from our wrist.
The new Apple Watch is Coming - Some History First
First available in early 2015, the Apple Watch boasted 11 watch faces ranging from traditional analog faces to new faces like the dynamic Timelapse face. With prices starting from $349, many were sold on how you could personalize its appearance with ease. Also the Apple Watch 1 had the kind of capabilities that we had not seen before like being able to enable millions of possible configurations.
Poised to captivate the world, the revolutionary product blurred the boundary between physical objects and user interface. Designed with an iOS-based user interface, created specifically for a smaller device, the Watch came in three distinct collections—Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.
Available in two different sizes, 38 mm and 42 mm, the durable watch bragged enclosures crafted from custom alloys of polished or space black stainless steel, space gray or silver anodized aluminum and 18-karat rose or yellow gold. With an entire range of watch straps, Apple Watch 1 offered a unique charging system that combined Apple’s MagSafe technology with inductive charging, for a quick connection.
The new Apple Watch 3 introduced us to a few key moments of technological advances. The first was the Digital Crown, Apple’s most revolutionary navigation tool. The Digital Crown gave the wearer an innovative way to scroll, zoom and navigate fluidly, without obstructing the display. The Digital Crown also served as the Home button and a convenient way to access Siri.
The second was The Retina® display, featuring Force Touch, a technology that senses the difference between a tap and a press, providing a new way to quickly and easily access controls within apps. The third was the Taptic Engine and a built-in speaker that together discreetly enabled an entirely new vocabulary of alerts and notifications that could hear and feel.
Then there was Apple's custom-designed its own S1 SiP (System in Package) which miniaturized an entire computer architecture onto a single chip. Lastly, the Apple Watch featured Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 4.0 to pair seamlessly with your iPhone.
Apple's first wearable device and smartwatch
The great thing about having the Apple Watch located on the wrist, meant that wearers could read information at a glance. Users could also take advantage of smart replies and dictation, because it allowed them to respond quickly to messages. The best feature was that should you start a message on your Apple Watch, you could continue where you left off on your iPhone. Other features worth a mention include the ability to swipe up from the watch face for Glances that quickly show you the information you care about, such as your current location, stocks or your next meeting.
Pressing the side button brought up Friends, a view of your favorite people, so you can contact them quickly and easily. Digital Touch allowed you to send a sketch, a gentle tap, an audio message through Walkie Talkie or even your own heartbeat. Apple Watch 1 was all about quick interaction and convenience. Connecting you to the world around you, it afforded you the opportunity to pay for coffee using Apple Pay (which was only available in the US at the time), board a plane with a Passbook® boarding pass, control your Apple TV® or get directions.
Designed with a groundbreaking Workout app that measured three separate aspects of movement: calories burned, brisk activity and how often you stand up during the day, turned it into your very own personal trainer. The companion Fitness app on iPhone collected your activity data so you could see your activity history in greater detail. In order to provide you motivated, the Apple Watch used this history to suggest personal, realistic goals and reward fitness milestones. Besides the app, there was also the WatchKit. It provided new tools and APIs for developers to create unique experiences designed for the wrist. With Apple Watch, developers were given the opportunity to create WatchKit apps with actionable notifications and Glances that provide timely information.
Beautifully designed, the Apple Watch Series 1 honored the rich tradition of precision watchmaking. It was a revolutionary product that promised to enrich people’s lives by introducing a comprehensive health and fitness apps that can help people lead healthier lives. As Apple Watch fever spread through the globe in 2015, the only cure was something new. The following year the Apple Watch 2 came along and stole its crown.
Announced on the 7th September 2016, the Apple Watch Series 2 became available in more than 25 countries on 16 September 2016. Pegged as the 'ultimate device for a healthy life', the next generation of this popular smartwatch was packed with a lot including the ability to function without an iPhone, thanks to a built-in GPS.
The new Apple Watch Revealed - Contains Fitness and Health Applications
Committed to fitness and health, the brand new Apple Watch's capabilities included a powerful dual-core processor and water resistance up to 50 meters. Designed for swimming, surfing or just playing in the pool, Apple developed new algorithms after hundreds of hours of research for two new workout options, pool and open water. Apple Watch Series 2 was also able to count laps, track average lap pace and auto-detect stroke type to accurately measure active calorie burn.
Designed to change people’s lives, the built-in GPS recorded precise distance, pace and speed for outdoor workouts such as walking, running or cycling, without needing to take an iPhone. Whether running, going for a swim or walking between meetings, the Activity app on Apple Watch Series 2 was able to count all daily activity towards the Stand, Move and Exercise rings.
When it came to the Advanced Technology, their custom designed System in Package (SiP) was developed to produce a second generation S2 chip that was included in the Apple Watch 2. With a dual-core processor, the S2 chip took the performance to a whole new level, making Apple Watch up to 50 percent faster. In addition, a new GPU was added. Delivering up to two times greater graphics performance, the dramatically brighter display — at 1,000 nits, it’s more than two times brighter— made it easier for the wearer to read their screen at a glance when outside on a sunny day.
As Apple Watch Series 1 prices dropped to (from) $269 (US), people were busy salivating over Watch 2 to take much notice of the price drop. This came as no surprise since the WatchOS 3 features had significantly improved. The performance of Watch 2 made it simpler to launch favorite apps instantly, either from the watch face or with the new Dock. Also new fitness and health capabilities included a new breakthrough Breathe app, designed to encourage users to take a moment in their day to do deep breathing exercises for relaxation and stress reduction. With an Activity app that included the ability to share, compare and compete, the Apple Watch 2 was even more personal.
With new watch faces, including Minnie Mouse, Activity and Numerals, the best looking watch came with a wide variety of gorgeous new band colors. Made of lightweight aluminum or stainless steel cases the Apple Watch Series 2 was definitely the best looking cousin of Watch 1. Launching alongside the Apple Watch 2 was the Apple Watch Edition, which was available in beautiful ceramic. Embodying the craftsmanship synonymous with Apple, the Watch had a lustrous white case and all the incredible features of Apple Watch Series 2.
As the excitement of Watch 2 begins to finally to die down, many have been busy indulging in the 'what if' rumors flying about regarding 3. So we wait with bated breath for the Apple Watch 3 to arrive, because we are sure that it is going to swoop in and steal the crown from right under Apple Watch 2's nose.
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Oh man....I can't wait for my new Apple Watch 3. Great site, thanks guys.. Gary Cooper 06/16/2017