Apple Watch official site updated with device feature and UI details
Apple has quietly updated the Apple Watch website. While there isn’t a great deal of new information up there to absorb, we get to see some more details of all-important UI (user interface), and find out a few more usage scenarios envisaged by Apple’s gadget gurus. Now the Apple Watch website offers quite a lot of information about how the upcoming premier wearable from Cupertino will look, how it will function and how users can customise it.
A particular section of the site with a number of updates concerns Timekeeping. As a watch, first and foremost, that of course is a core element of the functionality on your wrist. Here we see for the first time what are known in the watchmaking industry as ‘complications’. These are small sections of the watch display dedicated to providing additional morsels of information, writes Apple Insider.
As an LCD display the Apple Watch can of course be much more flexible with its ‘complications’ than a traditional wristwatch. Complications users can choose from include; alarms, moon phases, timers, calendars, stocks and several more, see below for a pictorial overview. These ‘widgets’ are compatible with “most faces,” Apple is offering and some will be unique to its watch with no known equivalent in traditional watches.
Another new swathe of information is presented in the New Ways to Connect page in the form of animations showing off the Sketch messaging tool, the Tap haptic communicator, Apple’s Heartbeat animation display, how to text friends using the small display and phone call management functions. Click the images on Apple’s pages and you get to see the animation take place.
As with many wearables health functionality is highlighted as an important aspect of the device. With the Apple Watch we get to see more information in the Health & Fitness pages regarding its movement tracking, pedometer and data syncing with Health Apps on your main iOS device.
The Apple Watch is looking like a more rounded, mature and market ready offering than when we first saw it. With weeks and perhaps months to go before launch, “early 2015,” says Apple, let’s hope it really is worth the wait.