The Apple Watch will be available on Friday, April 24, in Australia, at prices ranging from $499 to $1629 with a special Edition starting at $14,000.
After months of speculation Apple has announced that Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US will also be able to but the Watch as of that date.
The watch was formally launched at an event in San Francisco where Apple CEP Tim Cook, spruiked the new and most important addition to Apple's canon.
"Apple Watch begins a new chapter in the way we relate to technology and we think our customers are going to love it," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "We can't wait for people to start wearing Apple Watch to easily access information that matters, to interact with the world, and to live a better day by being more aware of their daily activity than ever before."
"Conceived, designed and developed as a singular product, Apple Watch merges hardware and software like never before," said Jony Ive, Apple's senior vice president of Design. "In Apple Watch, we've created three beautifully curated collections with a software architecture that together enable unparalleled personalisation in a wearable device."
Apple Watch introduces revolutionary technologies including the Digital Crown, an innovative way to scroll, zoom and navigate fluidly without obstructing the display. The Retina display with Force Touch on Apple Watch senses the difference between a tap and a press, providing a new way to quickly and easily access relevant controls. The all-new Taptic Engine delivers a gentle tap on your wrist whenever you receive a notification or message.
Incredibly Accurate and Customisable Timepiece
An extremely precise timepiece, Apple Watch keeps time to within 50 milliseconds of UTC, the universal time standard. Apple Watch can be personalised with watch faces ranging from traditional analog such as the Chronograph face, to the information-rich Modular face, or animated butterflies and jellyfish on the Motion face. Apple Watch goes beyond telling time with specialised functions on the watch face --known in watchmaking as complications--such as the sunrise/sunset, upcoming calendar events or daily activity level. With multiple customisable watch faces and complications, Apple Watch enables millions of possible configurations. Swipe up from the watch face for Glances that quickly show you information you care about, such as the weather forecast, your current location on a map or the music you're listening to.
Intimate & Immediate Communication Device
Apple Watch enables you to send messages, read email and answer calls to your iPhone right from your wrist. The Taptic Engine alerts you with a gentle tap so you won't miss important notifications. With Digital Touch, Apple Watch allows users to communicate in all-new ways by sending a sketch, a tap or even the rhythm of your own heartbeat. They can interact quickly and conveniently with the world around them by paying for coffee using Apple Pay (US only)**, boarding a plane with a Passbook boarding pass, or raising your wrist to ask Siri for turn-by-turn directions in Maps.
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