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Apple Watch launch delayed

It appears that the wait for the Apple Watch could get longer.

According to Apple’s senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores, Angela Ahrendts, the smartwatch will not hit the stores before next spring.

She made this announcement in a video, in which she said, “we’re going into the holidays, we’ll go into Chinese New Year, and then we’ve got a new watch launch coming in the spring.”

This implies that the launch of the watch would be later than what was expected by most people. Until now, Apple had said that the Apple Watch would ship in “early 2015″ but the company had maintained a silence on the month of the launch.

After the watch’s unveiling in September, most people expected it to be available around Valentine’s Day, but now that Ahrendts has mentioned the Chinese New Year, it is certain that the watch will only be launched after February 19.

The Apple Watch will be available at a starting price of $349, and will work in tandem with the iPhones. There are three variants of the smartwatch: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sports and Apple Watch Edition. The last variant is made of 18-carat gold, according to Apple.

Calling Apple Watch a comprehensive health and fitness device, CEO Tim Cook had informed that the smartwatch features a custom user interface and has a dial called “digital crown.”

By twisting this crown, which is essentially the control centre of the smartwatch, users can zoom in and out of maps, and scroll through lists among other tasks. Pressing the digital crown exits all the apps and takes them to the Home Screen, much like the Home button on iPhones and iPads.

There is also a Force Touch feature that lets users customize the watch-face.

There are a number of sensors on the back of the Apple Watch, which let it track the wearer’s health and fitness data. LEDs on the device can monitor the wearer’s heart rate and can connect with iPhones to take note of GPS readings.


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