Apple Watch has undoubtedly been a long time in the making, but it’s finally here. Today we’re taking a look at the Sport models to see exactly what you get for between $349 to $399. Apple’s strategy for rolling out this product line hasn’t been favored by everyone, but if you were one of the lucky people to place a preorder two weeks ago, here’s what you can expect…
Apple Watch Sport comes in an anodized aluminum case and your choice of either Silver or Space Gray as color options. There are 38mm and 42mm size options and by default it ships with a “durable fluoroelastomer” band in a variety of colors that can be sized to fit S/M or M/L wrists. There are a total of 10 models available for Apple Watch Sport and today we’re looking at the 38mm Silver Aluminum Case with White Sport Band and the 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Band.
Inside of the box, you’ll find the Apple Watch Sport, a 2m magnetic charging cable, 5w USB power adapter, Sport band (with an “adapter” for configuring different sizes), and a quick start guide. Unfortunately, you won’t find any of those famous Apple stickers inside of this box. I know, sad times.
Check out our Apple Watch unboxing & comparison video below:
When comparing the 42mm and 38mm sizes on my wrist, it’s obvious which size works out better. My wrists are simply too large to wear a 38mm Apple Watch full-time. In case you’re curious, my wrist measures approximately 175mm. Because of this, I’m likely a better fit for the 42mm with a M/L band configuration. For any other band Apple sells, the medium version fits perfectly.
As for first impressions, the Sport model feels well built. It’s definitely not as flashy as Apple Watch, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I like the look of the Silver Sport. Of course, a favorite among preorder sales is definitely the Space Gray Sport model. The finish looks very sleek and in my opinion, better than the Silver version. Either way, if you went with the Sport model, you will not be disappointed in the materials used. Though it’s likely that I’ll swap out this Sport band for another third-party option in the future.
The software experience can be a bit confusing at first. There are so many different options and navigation methods. It may take a while for you to get used to things, but it’s fairly easy to learn. We detailed some of the software experience in our initial hands-on during a try-on appointment, but stay tuned for more coverage on Apple Watch and its features.
Be sure to check out the above video for our unboxing and comparison between the 42mm and 38mm Apple Watch Sport models. We’ll be bringing more detailed coverage throughout the coming weeks, but hopefully this brief unboxing and comparison will help you decide between the sizes and colors.
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The list of iOS apps with Apple Watch support continues to grow this evening. Skype has now rolled out an update that includes support for Apple’s newest device and bumps the app to version 5.12.2. From the Apple Watch, users are now able to reply to messages and start new chats directly on their wrist.
Replying to messages with the Skype app on Apple Watch is a similar process to that of the built-in Messages app. Users can either choose from a predetermined list of responses and emoticons, or use their voice and dictate a message to the Watch. Furthermore, the update adds the ability to start chats directly from Apple Watch by choosing from a list of their contacts.
Skype also says the update includes other general improvements. Skype with support for Apple Watch is available now for free on the App Store. The full release notes can be viewed below. Check out our breakdown of the best Apple Watch apps here. Earlier this week, Microsoft updated PowerPoint and OneNote with support for Apple Watch, as well.
What’s New in Version 5.12.2
Now with support for your Apple Watch:
- Reply to messages on your Apple Watch using voice to text, emoticons or quick prepared responses.
- Start chats with your favourite contacts on your Apple Watch so you can do more on the go
- General Improvements
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After much anticipation, the first batch of Apple Watch orders began arriving to customers today. In this how-to article, we will discuss how-to setup the Apple Watch and pair it with your iPhone.
The first thing you need to do is power on the device. To do so, press and hold the side button for two to three seconds until the white Apple logo appears, as shown in the picture above. When it is booted, you must select the language of the device by tapping on your answer.
The next screen on the Apple Watch tells you to open up the Apple Watch app located on your iPhone, which automatically was automatically installed to your phone when you updated to iOS 8.2. On the Apple Watch, tap on “Start Pairing.”
When you tap on “Start Pairing” on the Apple Watch, a blue psychedelic animation appears on the watch.
Open up the app on the iPhone and select “Start Pairing.”
From here, you have two different options to perform the setup: automatically with the camera or manually. When you do it with the camera, hold the phone above the Apple Watch, and make sure the yellow box on the screen matches up with the Apple Watch and it will automatically pair. The other option is to manually setup your Watch. On the Watch, pressing the white “i” in the lower right hand corner will bring up the information screen, which displays the name of your Apple Watch. Then on the phone app press the “Pair Apple Watch Manually” button and manually type in the numbers that appear on the screen.
After performing those steps, your Apple Watch is now paired to your iPhone.
The setup process then continues with the Apple Watch app by pressing the “Set Up Apple Watch” button. The next screen asks on which wrist you plan to wear you Apple Watch.
Select your answer and then agree to the terms and conditions of the Apple Watch.
After agreeing to the terms and conditions, enter in your Apple ID password in the grey box by tapping on the word “Enter Password.”
The next step tells you that your Apple Watch uses Location Services and explains the benefits of the feature. There is no option to turn off Location Services. Press “OK” to continue to the next step.
The next screen tells you that Siri is used on your Watch and explains that it is capable of being used for making phone calls and sending text messages. There is no option to not use Siri. Press “OK” to continue.
The next step is to decide whether or not you want to send diagnostic and usage data to Apple to help improve the Apple Watch.
Then you have the option to create a passcode for the Apple Watch. This is only used when you take off your watch and then put it back on your wrist. It is meant to help protect data stored on the Watch in case it is lost or stolen.
Adding a passcode on your watch is an optional step. If you decide to add a passcode, press the “Create a Passcode” button. The Apple Watch app tells you to go onto your watch and enter the passcode there. You enter the passcode two times on the Apple Watch to confirm it.
With the passcode, you have the option to unlock it from your iPhone. This means that when you unlock your iPhone, it will also unlock your Apple Watch while you are wearing it. If you are not wearing the Apple Watch, you will have to enter the passcode even if you unlocked your iPhone. To continue choose either “Yes” or “No” on the Apple Watch. You can always change your mind about using a passcode from the Apple Watch app.
Next, you have the option to download the watch versions of the apps that you already have installed on your iPhone. You also have the option to manually install the apps on the Apple Watch at a later point.
The last step involves syncing the data from iCloud and downloading the apps if you decided to do so in the previous step. From iCloud, your contacts, calendars, Passbook, and favorite photos that are stored in iCloud Photo Library are synced. It also sets up all the email accounts that are on your iPhone, even the ones that are not with iCloud. This step might take a while.
Your Watch will then buzz on your wrist when it is done. Enjoy your new Apple Watch. Make sure you follow 9to5Mac for more how-tos on the Apple Watch.
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As the Apple Watch arrives in the hands of customers, Vogue has shared a video interview with Jony Ive and Marc Newson, in which the two discuss the design process of the device. Ive and designer Newson both discuss the reasons that customers may purchase the Apple Watch, as well as their own opinions on the design and the choices that went into the design process. The interview, conducted by Suzy Menkes, was held at the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference in Florence, Italy.
Marc Newson, when asked about the reason for Apple making a watch, said that the wrist seemed like the obvious next step for Apple and its future. “The wrist has always been, for hundreds of years, one of the best places on the body to put an object,” Newson said. “It’s not a new discovery.”
Jony Ive explained that his decision to design the Apple Watch with gold was based almost entirely on his love for the material. Price and the appeal of creating a luxury product did not play into the decision at all, he claimed.
The use of gold wasn’t driven by some predetermined price point. That absolutely wasn’t the reason we chose the material. We chose the material because we loved it. And we didn’t just buy it off the shelf, we designed our own gold and we loved its attributes and how it felt and its color and that it’s much harder than traditional goal. It really is our love of material that drives what we do.
Sadly, so much of our manufactured environment testifies to carelessness. It describes something that was built for a price point and on a timetable. We see that the objects we develop describe the people who made them and what they believe in.
I think that we’re on a path that is the same as the one that Apple was on in the seventies, which is trying make technology more approachable and personal. If people are saying they felt ostracized by and struggled to use the technology, then we failed.
What I know is our intent has remained the same and is consistent, which is to try to take what is remarkable tech in terms of its capability and utility and make it more and more personal. The consequences of that path I’m not aware of, other than that I hope people will like the Watch and find it personal and beautiful.
You can read our previous coverage of Jony Ive and Marc Newson’s interview with Vogue here.
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