Would you pay $10,000 for Apple Watch made of gold?
Would you pay $10,000 for Apple Watch made of gold? The new Apple Watch (AP photo / Reuters)
Would you pay $10,000 for Apple Watch made of gold?
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Apple wants to move the Internet from your pocket to your wrist.

Time will tell if millions of consumers are willing to spend $350 on up there's an 18-karat gold version that starts at $10,000 for a wearable device that still requires a wirelessly connected smartphone to deliver its most powerful features.

But CEO Tim Cook is selling the Apple Watch as the next must-have device, able to serve people's information needs all day long, like no other tool has quite been able to do.

"Now it's on your wrist. It's not in your pocket or pocketbook," Cook said before unveiling the new line. "We think the Apple Watch is going to be integral to your day."

Apple wants this wristwatch, which piggybacks on a nearby smartphone's Internet connection through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, to be seen as so revolutionary that it requires its own lingo.

So while the watch face provides most of the same information as smartphones do, the back of the watch sends "taptic feedback," tapping the wrist to remind the wearer to get up and burn more calories.

"It's like having a coach on your wrist!" gushed Cook, touting the potential health uses of a computer that sticks to your skin all day.

The gadget also introduces "digital touch," a way of messaging that enables people to draw and send little figures with their fingertips and have them arrive on a friend's watch face dynamically, in the same way they were drawn.

Convincing consumers they can't live without an expensive new device isn't easy, but Apple's strongest selling points include "convenience and immediacy," along with high-end design features and some useful new apps, said Carolina Milanesi, a tech analyst with Kantar Worldpanel.

"If you don't have to be fumbling around for your phone, that can make a difference," agreed analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights and Strategy.

Initial consumer reactions ranged from die-hard Apple fans vowing to buy the watch immediately, to naysayers who don't see the point of paying so much to see updates on their wrist instead their smartphone.

"I think it's a tough market they are trying to get into, and I don't see much promise that is going to come out of it," said Joshua Powers, 21, a junior at Emerson College in Boston who owns an iPhone, an iPad and a MacBook computer.

As expected, the previously announced starting price of $349 is only for the entry-level Sport model. Prices range from $549 to $1,100 for the mid-range watch. That's not out of line for a high-quality watch, analysts said.

But Cook did not answer a key question for price-conscious consumers, Moorhead noted: How will Apple update the watch when it releases new models?

Apple did answer another vital question, promising an estimated 18-hour battery life before the watch needs to be taken off and attached to a magnetic recharger.

Numerous tech companies are already selling smartwatches, from the Samsung Gear and Motorola's Moto 360 to the Pebble Steel and other models made by smaller startups. Many run on Android Wear, the software platform from Google, and range from $100 to $500 or more.

But most don't have as many features as the Apple Watch and they have not been big hits with consumers.

Apple executive Kevin Lynch walked through a simulation of a typical day, checking the watch for messages and calendar items, responding to a WeChat message, scrolling through some Instagram photos and speaking with Siri, Apple's voice-activated digital assistant, through the microphone on the watch.

More impressively, Lynch presented an airline app. It has a bar code that acts as a boarding pass. Another app will open a garage door by remote control. And still another promises to enable wearers to check out at the grocery store with a single tap on the watch face.

Cook also showed off features that can be found on many fitness bands already on the market. They include a heart rate monitor and accelerometer. The latter can track a wearer's movements and log daily exercise.

But some design functions seem uniquely Apple. Wearers can twist a small knob and quickly select the face of a friend. Then the wearer can sketch an image with a fingertip that shows up dynamically, just like it is being drawn, on the friend's watch face. Swipe the watch face to bring up an email, then with a single tap, turn that email into a calendar item.

Cook hinted at bigger goals when he also announced that Apple has worked with leading medical institutions to develop an open-source software platform for iPhones to assist with medical research. He stopped just short of saying that Apple Watch, in combination with the iPhone, could be a key conduit for two-way delivery of health care information. For instance, it might send data about a person's metabolism to researchers while also reminding wearers to take their medicine or go exercise.

Apple Watch will be available for viewing at Apple stores on April 10 and go on sale April 24.

Critical thinking challenge: Google was not widely successful with Google Glass, which users wore like glasses. How might Apple's Watch, worn on the wrist, succeed where Google failed?

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COMMENTS (62)
  • Ashleypatt
    3/16/2015 - 05:12 p.m.

    There is no way I would ever buy this. Just because cell phones now arnt always great. They stop working and you dont want to spend that kind of money when its going to deferentially not work anymore.

  • tiffanyc-DiB
    3/17/2015 - 08:21 a.m.

    They're making this for the population. Theyre basing their makings on what we want rather than what is easier for them to make. They're also getting their name out for everyone to know about it rather than hearing about it maybe a month before it was to be released

  • dJ2001fluffy
    3/17/2015 - 08:44 a.m.

    What appened to the old watch that only told time? I think Apple is having a compatition with samsuang because, samsuang was the frist phone company that made a watch that could take phone calls.

  • TF000Music
    3/17/2015 - 01:03 p.m.

    Well, not alot of people think that they need glasses and that they feel like it's a extra nessessity that they don't need. Now, with the apple watch its something that some people use everyday ans they may need to tell time but they may also need to take notes or something of the similar affect. But still with google, basically the only people who bought google glass were the people that actually needed glasse ad mst of the tech geeks. Honestly, I would but google glass over the apple watch because I feel that the glasses would be more useful. I wear glasses so, thats why I mostly feel this way. I don't think I will have a use for the Apple watch.

  • Andria14
    3/18/2015 - 10:27 a.m.

    Because with Google Glass the notifications popped up and you had no choice but to look at them or you couldn't focus on the notifications because of your surroundings. But with the watch you can look at it when ever you want or when it goes off if you choose. Also with the watch you can send drawings where as with the glasses you can only speak to them.

  • C12HZN
    3/18/2015 - 10:28 a.m.

    Apples watch probably will be more successsful than Google glass. It is easier to use and takes up less space. Google glass is big and awkward.

  • brandonj-Koc
    3/18/2015 - 10:33 a.m.

    Apple has nothing to lose my getting into the smartwatch business over 5% of every iPhone user will buy an apple watch this will only increase the market share Apple already has over every other company.

  • TonyS123
    3/18/2015 - 10:56 a.m.

    Personally I think that smartwatches are absolutely useless in everyday life. Sure, you can answer phone calls and type a text on that tiny little screen, but other than that these things are useless. Then, Apple introduces a watch that goes up to $10,000! Who in their right mind would even consider purchasing one of these little gadgets.

  • Zacharyc1242
    3/18/2015 - 11:04 a.m.

    I think Apple's idea to make a Apple watch is useless. We have phones that can be activated with your voice and some phones even have fingerprint scanners. We don't need a device that can do the same thing a phone can. Apple could invest in a better operating system or even better marketing. Most people cant afford a $10,000 gold watch and its a shame if people are too lazy to get their phone out of their pockets and answer it.

  • turtleboy73
    3/18/2015 - 11:31 a.m.

    Googleglass failed because of its lack of usability. People didn't really have a use for it as an addition to that Google did not stopnto listen To it's consumers and buyers. On the other hand Apple is attempting to make the apple watch extremely relevent. Apple has put many different features in the applewatch to make it more than an average watch. Despite how much work they put into their products only the consumer will make them popular.

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