Long believed to be vaporware, Apple has finally announced that the Apple Watch will be arriving in “early 2015” – we can’t wait to get our hands on one to test out its new health and fitness features.
The Apple Watch is Apple’s newest product in Apple ecosystem. It is Apple’s first foray into the wearable consumer technology market and is likely to be a hit in the health and fitness category with apps specifically designed to monitor, store and analyze your health and fitness data and motivate you to stay on track.
Introducing – Apple Watch (FINALLY!!)
The Apple Watch is controlled by a digital crown, which serves as a multifunctional input device that lets you zoom, scroll, and select without covering the screen. The Home screen lets you quickly find your favorite apps. The Apple Watch keeps time within 50 milliseconds of the definitive global time standard. With the ability to automatically adjust to the local time when you travel and present notifications and alerts relevant to your life and schedule you will no longer have an excuse when you are late to meetings and events.
The Apple Watch will be offered in three distinctive collections:
- Watch: Stainless steel or space black stainless steel cases, sapphire crystal and a wide range of stylish bands.
- Watch Sport: Anodized aluminum case in silver or space gray, strengthened ion-x glass, and colorful durable bands.
- Watch Edition: 18-karat gold cases in yellow or rose, sapphire crystal, and exquisitely crafted bands and closures.
The price of the Apple Watch starts at $349.
A very detailed description of the Apple Watch’s features are on the Apple Watch website and will be provided in future posts. The purpose of the this post is to provide a description of the Apple Watch’s health and fitness tools.
Health and Fitness
The Apple Watch provides a more complete picture of your daily physical activity by measuring the quantity of your movements (number of steps you take, how many times you stand up) and the quality and frequency of your movements.
- An accelerometer measures your movement.
- A custom sensor measures the intensity by your heart rate.
- GPS/WiFi measures how you move.
The Apple Watch can use what it learns about the way you move to suggest personalized daily fitness goals and encourage you to get off your ass to meet those goals – motivating you to move more, sit less and exercise. Built-in apps help with this process.
The Activity app has three rings – movement, activity that show your progress at a glance, and provide motivation to sit less, move more, and get some exercise.
- Movement – Tracks the calories you burn, which gives you the best overview of how active you are. It is customized to you and you close it when you reach your calorie goal for the day.
- Exercise – Tracks the brisk activity you do. It does not mean an intense workout – it can be as simple as a brisk walk. You close the ring when you hit the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day.
- Stand – Tracks how often you stand up, which goes a long way in improving your health.
The Workout app is for dedicated cardio sessions and provides a more detailed measurement of your workout. You select your workout, set goals (calories, distance, time), and begin your workout. During your workout you can quickly view information relating to your workout session. And when you finish your workout, you can save your workout and earn rewards for your achievements.
The Fitness app stores your data for future review and analysis by you, and shares the data with the Health app (on your iPhone or iPad) to provide a more complete picture of your health and fitness.
Over time your Apple Watch will get to know you and will give you intelligent reminders to keep you motivated and on track by suggesting goals that are realistic to keep you motivated.
With Apple collecting and storing your health and fitness data in the cloud, you should take steps to secure your iCloud account by creating a strong password and enabling two-factor authentication.