Eyes get glittered, ears get pleased and the soul gets satisfied when we see or hear about the Apple product and the watch does the justice to the brand. There is almost everything a human can expect in a smart watch, powerful processor, vibrant display, perfect artificial intelligence, and of course a sleek design which is not a new thing for the Apple product.
Apple Watch is a subset of smart watches developed and designed by Apple Inc. It possesses features like fitness tracking and health based capabilities integrated with iOS and other Apple devices and services. The previous generation of the watch was available in four variants: Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Hermès, and the most expensive variant Apple Watch Edition each differentiated on the basis of cases and bands which can be the first or the third party. Apple Watch works in collaboration with wirelessly connected iPhone through the use of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to perform many of its default functions such as calling and texting. It is compatible with the iPhone 5 or later models running iOS 8.2 or later. The concept was first announced by Apple CEO Tim Cook in September 2014 and was released on April 24, 2015. The Apple Watch vigorously became the best-selling wearable device with the number reaching up to 4.2 million smartwatches in the second quarter of the 2015 fiscal year. The second generation of Apple Watch, released in September 2016, and it came in two versions: Apple Watch Series 2 and Apple Watch Series 1, it is very much similar to the previous version except it comes with the dual core variant of the S1P chip.
The name Apple watch is just an illusion because it is much more than a watch, It is your assistant, your buddy who will motivate you to stay fit. It is so perfect that one can write about it again and again but I will try to hold on to my nerves and not to do that so before the redundancy occurs have a quick look at the specifications of the watch.
The watch comes in two dial sizes one is 38 mm another is 42 mm and the box comes with
- Apple Watch
- Magnetic charging cable (2 m)
- USB power adapter (5W)
- Band (Sports Band includes band that can be configured for either S/M or M/L length)
- Quick start guide
Space Black Stainless Steel
Height: 38.6 mm,Width: 33.3 mm ,Depth: 10.5 mm ,Case: 40 g
Space Black Stainless Steel
Height: 42.0 mm , Width: 35.9 mm , Depth: 10.5 mm, Case: 50 g
- Dual‑core processor (S1P chip)
- Splash resistant
- Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz)
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Heart rate sensor
- Ambient light sensor
- OLED Retina Display with Force Touch (450 nits)
- Ion-X glass (strengthened glass)
- 272 by 340 pixels (38 mm)
- 312 by 390 pixels (42 mm)
Apple Watch uses Force Touch technology to sense how hard you press the display. Press firmly to change the watch face, see commands and options in apps, and more.
Power and Battery
- Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- Up to 18 hours,
- Magnetic charging cable
- Language support English (Australia, Canada, UK, U.S.), Chinese (Simplified, Traditional, Traditional Hong Kong), French (Canada, France), German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish (Latin America, Mexico, Spain), Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
- Siri languages English (Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, UK, U.S.), Spanish (Chile, Mexico, Spain, U.S.), French (Belgium, Canada, France, Switzerland), German (Austria, Germany, Switzerland), Italian (Italy, Switzerland), Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Mainland China, Taiwan), Cantonese (Mainland China, Hong Kong), Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Belgium, Netherlands), Finnish (Finland), Hebrew (Israel), Malay (Malaysia), Norwegian (Norway), Russian (Russia), Swedish (Sweden), Turkish (Turkey), Thai (Thailand), Portuguese (Brazil)
- Dictation languages English (Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, UAE, UK, U.S.), Spanish (Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, U.S.), French (Belgium, Canada, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland), German (Austria, Germany, Switzerland), Italian (Italy, Switzerland), Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Mainland China, Taiwan), Cantonese (Hong Kong), Arabic (Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE), Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch (Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands), Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malaysian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovakian, Swedish, Turkish, Thai, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.
About Apple S1
One of the biggest issues with the smartwatch trend that I’ve noticed is that as a result of most companies entering the market with smartphone backgrounds, we tend to see a lot of OEMs trying to shove smartphone parts into a smartwatch form factor. There have been a lot of different Android Wear watches, but for the most part, everything seems to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 without the modem. Even though A7 is relatively low power for a smartphone, it’s probably closer to the edge of what is acceptable in terms of TDP for a smartwatch. Given that pretty much every Android Wear watch has around a 400 mAh battery at a 3.8 or 3.85 volt chemistry to attempt to reach 1-2 days of battery life and a relatively large PCB, the end result is that these smart watches are really just too big for a significant segment of the market. In order to make a smartwatch that can scale down to sizes small enough to cover most of the market, it’s necessary to make a SoC specifically targeted at the smartwatch form factor.
The real question here is what Apple has done. As alluded to in the introduction, it turns out the answer is quite a bit. However, this SoC is basically a complete mystery. There’s really not much in the way of proper benchmarking tools or anything that can be run on the Watch to dig deeper here. Based on teardowns, this SoC is fabricated on Samsung’s 28nm LP process, although it’s not clear which flavor of LP is used. It’s pretty easy to eliminate the high power processes, so it’s really just a toss-up between HKMG and poly SiON gate structure. For those that are unfamiliar with what these terms mean, the main difference that results from this choice is a difference in power efficiency, as an HKMG process has less leakage power. Given how little cost is involved in this difference in process compared to a move to 20/14nm processes, it’s probably a safe bet that Apple is using an HKMG process here especially when we look at how the move from 28LP to 28HPm at TSMC dramatically affected battery life in the case of SoCs like Snapdragon 600 and 800.
Meanwhile, after a lot of work and even more research, we’re finally able to start shining a light on the CPU architecture in this first iteration of Apple’s latest device. One of the first things we can start to look at is the memory hierarchy, which is information crucial to applications that require optimization to ensure that code has enough spatial and/or temporal locality to ensure that code is performant.
As we can see, there’s a pretty dramatic fall-off that happens between 28 and 64KB of “DRAM”, as we exit the local maximum of L1 data cache, so we can safely bet that the L1 data cache size is 32KB given current shipping products tend to fall somewhere between 32 and 64KB of L1 data cache. Given the dramatic fall-off that begins to happen around 224KB, we can also safely bet that we’re looking at a 256KB L2 combined cache which is fairly small compared to the 1-2MB shared cache that we might be used to from today’s large smartphone CPUs, but compared to something like an A5 or A7 it’s about right.
|Apple S1 CPU Latency and Throughput|
|Instruction||Throughput (Cycles/Result)||Latency (Cycles/Result)|
|Loads (ldr reg,[reg])||1||N/A|
|Stores (str reg,[reg])||1||N/A|
|Move (mov reg, reg)||1/2||–|
|Integer Add (add reg, reg, imm8)||1/2||–|
|Integer Add (add reg,reg,reg)||1||1|
|Integer Multiply (mul reg,reg,reg)||1||3|
|Bitwise Shift (lsl reg,reg)||1||2|
|Float Add (vadd.f32 reg,reg,reg)||1||4|
|Double Add (vadd.f64 reg,reg,reg)||1||4|
|Float Multiply (vmul.f32 reg,reg,reg)||1||4|
|Double Multiply (vmul.f64 reg,reg,reg)||4||7|
|Double Divide (vdiv.f64 reg,reg,reg)||29||32|
Obviously, talking about the cache hierarchy isn’t enough, so let’s get into the actual architecture. On the integer side of things, integer add latency is a single cycle, but integer multiplication latency is three cycles. However, due to pipelining integer multiplication throughput can produce a result every clock cycle. Similarly, bit shifts take two cycles to complete, but the throughput can be once per clock. Attempting to interleave multiplies and adds results in only achieving half the throughput. We can guess that this is because the integer add block and the integer multiple blocks are the same block, but that doesn’t really make sense because of just how different addition and multiplication are at the logic level.
- It is splash and water resistant but only up to a certain atmospheric pressure.
- Requires iPhone 5 or later.
This smart watch will definitely make you feel like a stallion walking tall, worth spending an affordable percentage of your bank account.
No post is complete without mentioning the pros of cons of the products, so following are the pros and cons to eliminate the confusion if still left any.
The watch provides you the motivation and inspires you to stay fit.
- The heart rate sensors, device ability to record your burned calories, tracking your footsteps and workout sessions all these features make it a good fitness wrist band.
Sending Emails through the watch.
- You can compose and send an email through your apple watch, the best thing about it is you just have to dictate your message, the voice receptor of the watch is very sharp.
Requesting an Uber.
- Yes! no kidding here, you can request an Uber cab with your watch, though you can do the same with your iPhone but now your focus will be more on the streets than on your phone, you will get a notification when the uber cab is nearby or close to you, and you can see it just by moving your wrist a bit.
The notifications do not wake up your phone as some gets riled up while seeing their screen flashing again and again
It is a perfect device but loses its perfection when not connected to an iPhone, it will be mere a watch in which you can see the time and date, well one can say it is not really a con because the features were developed while keeping the iPhones in the frame of reference.
Though you can compose the messages but it is going to be a tough task for you if you have a heavy inbox management.
Notifications management is complex, you clear it from your watch it gets deleted from the phone and vice versa.
Should you go for the brand?
When it comes to the Apple products there is one thing I can guarantee and that is the smooth functioning of the device. The hardware quality is always above the benchmark, you can blindly go for it when you want the quality product, the reliability is obviously high though you can get the same features in other watches or band but as they say your life is like a chariot which is carried by two horses and if one of the horse turns out to be a donkey your life gets imbalanced, in this modern era the horses are the technology. You only buy the best one and for the long run.
The Watch works in collaboration with iPhone 5 or later, and although it can perform few limited functions when not connected to the phone, the iPhone is necessary for it to work and to bring it in the real use. The Apple Watch’s hardware converse with its software through the user interface designed accordingly so that you can interact with it through sight, touch and sound.
Apart from monitoring your health, it does the basic phone operations like answering the calls, messaging, keeping records of the appointment, facilitating payments and even you can unlock the doors!
A feature called Digital Touch provides you the new way to quickly communicate with friends but they should also own the Watch. Just press the button below the crown, which brings up your friends’ list, tap on their icon. It will show your friend’s picture and name along with phone and message icons,
The Watch can be used as a remote control for the music on your iPhone, Apple TV and iTunes on your computer. You can even use it to activate your iPhone camera and set a timer or hit the shutter button to click a picture. You can store music on your watch so that you can listen to it even if you do not have your phone or you forgot it at home. You just need the Bluetooth headphones since the Watch has no connectors. You can also access some simple settings like turning on the Bluetooth or switching Airplane Mode off or on and setting Do Not Disturb.
You can control the music that is on your iPhone. To Play music on iPhone tap Music icon on Apple Watch. Tap to browse playlists, albums, artists, or songs, then tap a song to play it.
Removing, changing, and fastening the bands:
To get the optimized results the back of Apple Watch needs skin contact so that the sensors for wrist detection and heart rate work properly. A perfect fit (not too tight, not too loose), with room for your skin to breathe—keeps you comfortable and allows the sensors do their job. You may want to tighten Apple Watch for workouts so that it does not lose its grip and loosen the band when you’re done so that your muscles can relax. The sensors work only when you wear Apple Watch on the top of your wrist.
The methods for adjusting the bands are better illustrated in the images.
The strap is made of leather and dial is made up of stainless steel or 18-karat gold.
The strap is made of leather and dial is made up of stainless steel(for 42 mm Apple Watch only), contains magnet.
Strap and Dial both are of stainless steel.
Both Strap and the dial are made of stainless steel, the strap contains magnet.
Strap is made of leather and dial of stainless steel or 18-karat gold (only for 38 mm Apple Watch), Strap contains magnet.
Strap is made of fluoroelastomer and the dial is made of stainless steel, ceramic, or 18-karat gold.
Apple watch comes in 3 collections, 6 finishes, 18 bands, 2 sizes and 11 faces. The classification is further shown:
The watch comes in three collections Watch, Watch Sport and Watch Edition.
The Apple Watch is the basic watch in Apple Watch series, or you can say it is a threshold. The standard Apple Watch comes with highly polished scratch-resistant stainless steel and space black stainless steel case. The display is contributed with sapphire crystal that adds the protection to the screen. There are 18 different models in the Apple Watch collection.
Apple Watch Sport:
The Apple Watch Sport is for the more active user. Its cases are fashioned out of lightweight anodized aluminum in silver and space gray. The display one-up’s the standard Apple Watch display when it comes to durability, as it is protected by strengthened Ion-X glass. There are 10 different models in the Apple Watch Sport collection.
Apple Watch Edition:
The Apple Watch Edition is for the business professional, or at least, those who care most about style and grace. The Apple Watch Edition will likely be the most pricey of all of the Apple Watches available, seeing that it comes wrapped in a case crafted from 18-karat gold, which has been developed to be up to twice as hard as standard gold. Like the standard Apple Watch, the Edition comes covered with polished sapphire crystal. The Apple Watch Edition will be available in both yellow and rose gold colors.
The watch also comes in six different finishes.
It includes stainless steel, aluminum, and gold, with each finish contains two styles. The different finishes are as follows:
Stainless steel: Standard, and Space Black
Aluminum: Silver, and Space Gray
Gold: 18K Yellow Gold, and Rose Gold
The stainless steel finish is available on the standard Apple Watch, while the anodized aluminum is relegated to the Apple Watch Sport. Finally, as one would expect, the Apple Watch Edition, with its royal appearance, uses the gold finishes.
The watch comes in two sizes- a 38mm version, and a slightly larger 42mm version. It is because generally, the women prefer to wear a small sized watch, so Apple has kept that aspect in its mind and designed the watch accordingly.
Finally the faces.. the watch comes in 11 faces. These watch faces are of the digital variety and can be changed on a whim via its software.
The Chronograph watch face is the more traditional looking face, while you can assign a photo, or perhaps a slideshow to the Photo watch face.
Accessories for Apple Watch:
The price range for Apple Watch is from $350 to $19,000 and now imagine the worst case scenario, you slip and land on your precious and costly watch, some of you will immediately get a heart attack but still that is not the worst case scenario and it would be the person getting a cardiac arrest, it sounds hyperbolic but believe it or not that can happen, so to avoid such situation I suggest you to use the Apple Watch accessories to protect your device.
Some of the accessories are given below, have a look at them:
Apple Watch Charging Stand:
Whether you are traveling or just relaxing at home it does not matter this classic looking stand will not only protect your watch but will add style to it when it is not on your wrist. One of the features of the stand is that its base provides you with the storage for the cord that means no more messed up cables, you can pull out the cord from the base according to your need.
You can adjust the height of the stand according to your need, there’s a hinge provided for that. make it flat when you are not working or increase the height of the stand when you are into the watch.
To most of us, it may look like an ordinary display case but it is more than that, this valet can be used to charge up for Apple Watch and iPhone Pull the transparent lid to open, and you will see the iPhone slots in there. The valet i is provided with the 2,600mAh battery which can be charged up by the standard USB to micro USB cable and the cable is even provided thus making it the perfect companion while traveling. To show the level or remaining power it has five green LEDs on the front. It is definitely going to add muscles to your Apple Watch.
The word nomad is not just randomly selected for this pod, it justifies its name this is a portable pod designed such a way that it can easily get fit into your pocket or bag. It measures 75mm by 25mm and weighs around 80g. It has a1,800mAh lithium polymer battery which offers up to four full charges for your Apple Watch. The power button with a four LED display are provided to give you the rough detail or an idea of remaining power, and to charge up the pod a micro USB port is given on the side. Pull the top off, and you’ll find a standard USB Type-A port, where you can plug your Apple Watch charging cable. You can also wrap the cable inside it just like the Valet, to keep it tidy and to take out the cable easily;y. It comes in gray or silver.
Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable:
It is not really an accessory but a necessity and it only comes one in the box with the Apple Watch and it’s kind of expensive as it costs $40 for the two meter and $30 for the one meter cable, both come with Apple’s MagSafe technology, that is the magnet helps you to connect the cable easily with the Apple Watch.
Defense Edge or Edge Protector:
This protective case can be attached to your Apple Watch, and it has a black rubber lining with an aluminum exterior which provides the watch an extra cushion. It comes in four variants gold, red, blue, or silver. There are accurately contoured to ensure easy access to watch buttons for smooth functionality, it safeguards against scratches and bumps, and the aluminum is intended to match the classy look of the Apple Watch, but for the most of us the Apple watch is classy enough and using the look enhancement can ruin the beauty of the watch.
Tempered Screen Protector:
If you’re a minimalist, you’re probably looking for a clear case for the Apple Watch. Luvvitt brings you a soft, clear, TPU case for your Apple Watch, bundled with a tempered glass screen protector. The clear TPU case is coated with a scratch-resistant coating to prevent scuffs and give it a longer life. Like other more rugged cases, this case offers full 360-degree protection for your Apple Watch. It comes in both 42mm and 38mm sizes.
How does it Work:
The apps and their interfaces are specially designed for lighter interaction particularly for the smaller screen. WatchKit is developed by Apple to provide developers with APIs and other tools that are required to develop apps for the Watch. Developers can redesign and even extend the functionality of their apps to create actionable notifications and Glances on the Watch. Apple also allows third-party developers to create fully native Watch apps.
Several iPhone apps are also synchronized with the Apple Watch like calender, maps, music, passbook, weather, photos etc.
Maps help to locate you. You can surf around the map via the touchscreen as zoom in and zoom with the help of the crown and tap the small arrow icon on the lower left of the screen to go back to your current location. If you continue tapping the screen for a long time, it will bring up Search and Contacts options that allow you to look for places and get directions. Tapping the search will enable you to select Dictation or make a selection from Favorites or a list of recent searches. Once you are done with the selection, it will pop up the information about the location and will let you choose from either walking or driving directions. The Taptic Engine will give you different feedback for each direction whenever you need to make a turn that you can conceivably follow directions without looking at your watch.
NFC allows you to use the Passbook app for loyalty cards or boarding planes, entering events with stored tickets, and you can also store your payment methods and pay for things directly with the Watch at retailers that have touch payment system. You do it so by double pressing the button which is underneath the crown and holding the watch up to the retailer’s payment reader. For security reasons it doesn’t store or transmit the actual debit and credit card numbers but uses a specially created temporary account number for each card.
The Activity app monitors your activity throughout the day using the Watch’s accelerometer and gyroscope which track body movement, the heart rate sensor records the workout activity with the help of your phone’s GPS and WiFi which tracks your footsteps. The information is displayed on an easy-to-glance-at graphic consisting of concentric rings labeled Move, Exercise and Stand. The Move ring shows calories burned. Exercise shows time of any activity comparable to a brisk walk or more. Stand shows the number of times you’ve stood from the rest position. You can tap on each ring to get detailed information. The rings activate themselves throughout the day and get closed when you reach your goals. The app will even suggest new goals and give you a reminder to get up when you have been sitting for too long.
The Workout app enables you to pick an exercise from a list displaying cardio workouts like running, walking or cycling and sets target like time, distance or calories to burn for that activity. You can see your progress throughout the workout and get a summary at the end. The app also gives you the reminders when you reach certain places in the workout, like the halfway point, and award you with badges for various achievements and for the completion of the target.
The Photos app shows your Favorites as tiny smooth thumbnails on your Watch display. You can zoom in using the Digital Crown, or tap to further zoom in and swipe through individual pictures. Any photos that you mark as Favorite on your iPhone or Mac will show up on your Watch.
Cost and Availability:
The Apple Watch starting price is $350 for the base model. Watch Edition 18-karat gold models ranges from $1,200 to $19,000.
Some smartwatches have already beaten Apple to market. The Samsung Galaxy Gear that requires a Samsung phone, the Motorola Moto 360 that requires an Android phone and the Pebble which works with iOS and Android phones seem to be the tough competitors for Apple Watch. All require the smartphone to communicate, all will provide notifications to you and run a variety of apps. Gear and Moto have heart-rate monitors for fitness tracking while Pebble keeps track of your steps. Google’s Android Wear is an operating system for smartwatches that’s already been incorporated into the Moto 360, Samsung’s Gear Live and the LG G Watch. So far Apple Watch is the only one that uses NFC, so it is the only one that allows payments via smartwatch for now.
Like every other device, Apple Watch also contains electrical components and can be damaged if exposed to heat, dropped, burned, punctured, or crushed. Apple Watch cases made of ceramic and you may observe crack due to force impact as ceramics are vulnerable to fatigue failure. A damaged Apple Watch, such as one with a cracked screen or case, visible water intrusion, or a damaged band can cause injury, so don’t use it. Avoid heavy exposure to dust or sand.
Do not open and attempt to repair Apple Watch yourself. Disassembling Apple Watch may damage it, resulting in loss of water resistance, and may cause injury to you. If Apple Watch is damaged or malfunctions, contact Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider.
If your battery does not responds don’t try to replace the Apple Watch battery yourself, you may damage the battery, which may result in overheating and injury. The Apple Watch contains the lithium-ion battery that should be serviced only by Apple or an authorized service provider. While ordering the battering service you may receive a replacement Apple Watch in place of original one. Batteries must be recycled or disposed of separately from household waste. Don’t incinerate the battery.
For charging your Apple Watch, use the authentic Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable and power adapter. You may also use third-party 5W power adapters but before buying it look for an MFi logo. Keep your Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable, and the power adapter in a well-ventilated area when charging. Keep the case open while charging Apple Watch Edition in the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Case. Using an Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable, Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Case, or Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock that’s damaged, using a third-party charging solution that doesn’t feature an MFi logo, or charging Apple Watch when moisture is present, can cause fire, electric shock, injury, or damage to Apple Watch or other property. Be sure Apple Watch and the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable, Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Case or Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock is dry before charging. When you use the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable, Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Case, or Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock to charge Apple Watch, make sure that the USB plug is fully inserted into the adapter before you plug the adapter into a power outlet. Avoid charging Apple Watch in direct sunlight. Don’t wear Apple Watch while it is charging.
Apple Watch is an electronic device, a sort of computer and there for it works on radio waves emitting electromagnetic radiations. Apple Watch, some of the bands, the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable, the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Case, and the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock contain magnets. these magnets further create the electromagnetic field and it can interfere with the pacemaker, defibrillators, and other medical devices. A safe distance of separation is to be maintained between your medical device and Apple Watch, and its components that have the tendency to release electromagnetic radiations. For more specific information related to your medical device consult your physician and medical device manufacturer. Stop using Apple Watch, its bands, the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable, the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Case, and the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock if you notice they are interfering with your pacemaker, defibrillator, or any other medical device.
Apple Limited Warranty:
The Apple Limited Warranty covers your Apple Watch against manufacturing defects beginning on the original purchase date, and the warranty period varies by model. The chart below shows the warranty period of different variants of Apple Watch. Apple’s warranty is in addition to rights provided by consumer law.
Model Warranty period
Apple Watch Sport One year
Apple Watch One year
Apple Watch Edition Two years
Apple Watch Hermès Two years
Apple Watch accessories One year
The warranty doesn’t cover damage caused by accidents or unauthorized modifications. See the warranty for complete details.