Last Tuesday Apple presented its first new product since 2010: the smart watch. The design and features of the Apple Watch exceed all expectations in a market which, until now, had not taken off. So what is so special about this watch?
Apple Watch, The Truly Smart Watch
The first thing to note is that the Apple Watch has a spectacularly detailed and elegant design. However, to be more precise, we should say that the company has presented an entire range of models classified into 3 distinct collections so that everybody can find one which best suits their style.
The Apple Watch will come in two different sizes of 38 and 42 mm, both with sapphire crystal screens.
Starting with the fact that the Apple Watch can only be used if the owner also has an iPhone, this watch genuinely deserves to be called ‘smart’: it incorporates Wi-Fi and a speaker; it can receive calls, send and receive messages, and respond to messages by voice; there is a message alert with a subtle vibration which can be felt on the skin; it has a mechanism on the side, the so-called ‘digital crown,’ with which to move through the functions, select them and zoom in without covering the screen with one’s finger; and, as the majority of the iPhone functions pass to the wrist, users can control any intelligent device more comfortably.
Remote Control of Generator Sets with the Apple Watch
Although we have not yet had the chance to test it, according to the information provided by Apple, this would mean that our clients could connect the mobile application DSEWebnet (available for Android and Apple) to the smart phone and control the generator set plants at any time from their Apple Watch, even when they are thousands of kilometres away from the equipment. If there were any anomaly in a generator set, the watch would alert the wearer through an alarm which would be received immediately on their wrist. The DSEWebnet application is specifically designed to provide engineers with monitoring data on the generator sets and access to the control module of the generator sets from anywhere in the world. (See article.)
What Else Does the Apple Watch Offer?
The watch is connected to the user’s calendar so it can be synchronised with their iTunes account, allowing them to listen to the music they have stored in the application regardless of where they are. It also recognises the wearer’s location because it has access to the GPS from the iPhone, so users can calculate routes, to give just one example. Another novelty to highlight is the integration of the contact electronic payment system, Apple Pay, with which wearers can make purchases without using a debit card.
The Apple Watch also monitors data related to the wearer’s health and the physical exercise they do. (See video above.) At the end of the day it is also a watch and Apple has taken the utmost care with its precision: according to their website, it is accurate to 50 milliseconds and it automatically adjusts to local time when we travel. The Apple Watch will be available at the beginning of 2015 for around 300 euros and it will be sold with a wireless charger.
At the same presentation for the Apple Watch, the company also presented its new iPhone models, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 plus. In 24 hours they received twice as many orders as when they presented the iPhone 5: 4 million people have already ordered them.