The big Apple reveal took place today in San Francisco. (We’re pretty sure we spotted Al Gore in the audience.) While most features are the same as other smartwatches on the market, there are several that set the Apple Watch apart. Here are five talking points.
1. The watch comes in three models--Apple Watch Sport (starting at $349), Apple Watch (starting at $549) and Apple Watch Edition (starting at $10,000)--and will be available for pre-order as well as in-person previews April 10. (The actual release is April 24.)
2. Digital Touch enables watches to interact with each other. Tap the side button, pick a friend from your contacts and connect your devices. Then send your pal, say, a drawing, which will appear on their watch face in real time as you sketch it on yours.
3. The watch doubles as a fitness tracker and sends weekly summary reports of your activity. “It’s like having a coach on your wrist,” Tim Cook says. (Apple even got supermodel Christy Turlington Burns to test one out as she trains for the London Marathon.)
4. Wallets are so over. Store credit and debit cards in your watch thanks to Apple Pay.
5. Locked out of your house? Remotely open the garage door using a specially-designed app from Alarm.com.