Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple gave a release date for the much awaited Apple Watch, that is April 2015 during Apple’s earnings call session. Shown off for first time last year in September, the Apple Watch follows the tradition set by Apple with their minimalist design. It has a Retina display and Digital Crown – a dial on the right side that can be used to navigate through the interface of the watch which also functions as the home button.
It supports notifications and “glances” from the phone with expected battery life of about 19 hours but reports indicate that the company is still wrestling with the requirement. What’s more, the company also has issues with the MagSafe charging mechanism that might make their battery life issue worse. Reportedly, 3000 test units are already out in the field so maybe Apple might find a solution to the issues mentioned?
The device also supports Apple Pay with NFC enabled payment feature for older iPhones that do not have NFC. Besides these, it will have Force Touch technology that can tell which one is a tap or long press, Taptic Engine that gives feedback on haptic side to the user’s wrist, built-in speakers, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi capability.
However, there is no indication of the Apple Watch will be marketed besides the US. On the other hand, the earnings report for FY Q1 2015 is very impressive, US$74.6 billion in revenue and US$18 plus in profit. This is due to strong showing in China’s market and Apple is the top smartphone vendor in the country right now.
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