It’s Time for the Apple Watch

The clock is finally ticking for those waiting to get their hands on the new smart watch from Apple.

The iPhone-compatible wearable is said to be ready for an April release.

The Apple website said it will come in a variety of styles and colors. Included are 34 different watch choices and nine watch faces.

Users can customize them in a variety of ways.

The watches all have the same rectangular design. Corners will be rounded off. The differences in styles will be in the “collections” featuring different materials.

Apple is calling them “Watch”, “Watch Sport” and “Watch” edition. Those expecting a low-priced version will be disappointed. The Apple Watch starts at $349.

The Watch edition will be the priciest of the group. It features an 18-karat gold case. Apple’s engineers have made the casing twice as hard as standard gold. The watch will come in two colors including yellow gold and rose gold. Prices are believed to reach the $4,000 level.

Buyers can also personalize their watch with a variety of band styles and colors. You will have six band types and 18 colors to choose from.

The bands are interchangeable thanks to a locking mechanism that slides in and out. The idea is to wear your watch for sports with one band and/or dress it up with another band for business or an evening on the town.

Those with large or small wrists will have two face sizes to choose from. One is 38mm and the other is 42mm. The screen can be flipped for both the right and left hand.

The watch interface is different than anything Apple has on the market, and that could take some getting used to.

The digital crown acts as scroll wheel. You can zoom in and out. Early test versions indicate the on-screen touch will need to be very precise in the smaller working space.

According to Apple you can also program your watch for stock market returns, weather reports and calendar events.

Working with your iPhone, the watch does enable you to see your contacts or even use Apple Pay as needed. Of course it does all the usual smart watch tasks such as making and receiving calls from your wrist and scanning messages for working out.

The watch has an activity app that will show your workout progress at a glance. The goal is to get you to sit less, move more and get some exercise. A separate app for dedicated cardio sessions is also available.

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