Apple Watch unveiled, with first game due Q2 2015

Apple Watch Hero Tumble

Apple announced their first step into the world of smartwatches yesterday with the Apple Watch.

It's not called the iWatch. No, Apple's foray into the world of smartwatches will be named the 'Apple Watch'. Pretty simple and self-explanatory, but you would have thought it might follow suit with the 'iPhone' and 'iPad' trend. Nevermind, it's a new bit of tech, so let's take a look at some of its features.

During a conference yesterday CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, unveiled the Apple Watch, along with the new iPhone 6, Apple Pay, and iOS 8.

Apple Watch Homescreen

The watch uses a 'specially designed and engineered Digital Crown' which is used to scroll, zoom, and navigate the interface. Apple say that the Digital Crown is their 'most revolutionary navigation tool since the iPod Click Wheel and iPhone Multi-Touch.'

You can send and receive messages, plus answer calls with the watch linked to your iPhone. There's also an integrated heart rate monitor that's linked to health and fitness apps.

Apple's Tim Cook says the Apple Watch is 'the most personal product we’ve ever made.'

Apple Watch with iPhone 6The new iPhone 6 next to the Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch features Wi-fi and Bluetooth, so it can be paired with your iPhone. And it features 'Force Touch' (no, it's not a Jedi power), which allows the display to recognise the difference between a tap and a press on the screen.

11 watch faces will be available when it's released, from the traditional to the newer 'Timelapse' and 'Astronomy' faces.

The new 'Apple Pay' function will be integrated too, which allows users to pay for goods by swiping their iPhone or Apple Watch instead of their credit cards. The service can be pre-loaded with credit from your credit or debit cards using the Passbook app, however it's only available in the US at the moment, and the 'near-field communication' (NFC) tech it will use isn't wide-spread currently either.

The Apple Watch comes in three different collections - Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition - which range from 38mm to 42mm in size. A selection of strap styles are to be available too - a rubber sports band, a magnetic steel mesh, and three different leather styles.

Apple Watch Hero Tumble

Inductive charging technology is used to charge the watch, which uses magnets to send power into it wirelessly.

Gaming-wise the first app to be available on the device is iArm Wrestle Champs, according to Polygon. It's due on all wearable devices for Android and iOS in the second quarter of 2015, and uses the accelerometer in your watch. You can buy the game on iPhone and Android right now.

Pricing-wise the watch will start at $349 and is due to be available in early 2015. The Apple Watch will be compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus - it will use the latest version of iOS 8 (available 17th September) which was also announced during the conference.

For more info head on over to the Apple Watch section of the company's website.

Take a look at the sleek Apple Watch introduction below.

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