Apple Watch Tidbits: Charging Retail Box, Water Resistance, Calls, Offline and More

While Apple announced the Apple Watch today at its special event, it didn't go over all of the new device's features, noting that the company has a lot more to share in the future. Yahoo Tech's David Pogue has found out some of the details Apple didn't share on stage.

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The watch is water resistant, allowing users to not worry about the device when in the rain, or washing hands. However, the watch must be taken off before going for a swim or taking a shower. Additionally, the watch includes a microphone that can allow users to make calls directly from their Apple Watch.

Users will also be able to load apps onto the Apple Watch from their iPhone. To rearrange the apps, users will have to hold their finger on an app's icon and move it around, similar to how one rearranges icons on an iPhone. There's also a "Ping My iPhone" feature, which will allow users to play a sound on their iPhone so they can locate it in case they have misplaced it.

Finally, Pogue explains that the Apple Watch Edition, the most high end of the Apple Watches, comes with a special box.

The fanciest model, the gold Apple [Watch] Edition, comes in a gorgeous jewelry box — which doubles as a charger. The back of the box has a Lightning connector, and the inside of the box has the watch’s magnetic round charger pad, standing vertically. So as you retire each night, you can just lay your gold watch into its case and let it charge.

Additionally, Re/code's Ina Fried says that the offline abilities of the Apple Watch include Apple Pay, music via Bluetooth, activity tracking and some apps.

The Apple Watch will launch in early 2015 with its lowest end model costing $350.

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77 months ago
Switzerland is in trouble my arse.

I like you Jony but this wasn't even close.
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77 months ago

Battery life information please.


I suspect they're mum about it, cause they hope to improve it between now and launch.
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77 months ago
I don't know about the rest of you, but this is a solid product. I'm excited to give it a try!
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77 months ago

Users will also be able to load apps onto the Apple Watch from their iPhone.


Can't wait to play Angry Birds on this.

Couldn't it charge from wrist movements? Some watches wind like that.


*Wife walks in*

"Oh my god, what are you doing??"

"CHARGING MY WATCH!"
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77 months ago
Battery life information please.
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77 months ago
This is a product that I will wait for reviews as well as check out in person.

At the current price point, its a tough sell. Certain drawbacks I see

-Having to take it off before getting in the shower
-charging it over night (what happened to it tracking my sleep!?)
-Bulky
-Communication function seems gimmicky. Thought, sending someone a tap touch motion sounds really cool.

Fashion wise, they nailed it. This thing is sexy.
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