Coming Soon – The iWatch

Chances are you’ve heard plenty about it, and this April it will be a reality.

Apple’s highly-anticipated Apple Watch (aka Watch) is set to hit the market on April 24 and “begins a new chapter in the way we relate to technology,” according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Apple’s goal when creating the watch was to further personalize technology and make it more accessible and relevant. “We can’t wait for people to start wearing Apple Watch to easily access information that matters, to interact with the world, and to live a better day by being more aware of their daily activity than ever before,” said Cook in a statement.

Working hand-in-hand with your iPhone (which means the iPhone must be present for the Watch to work), this watch not only keeps accurate time but also sends you alerts and notifications with a subtle tap, and does the combined job of a sports watch, activity and fitness tracker. did an excellent job uncovering the details of this device, and here’s what I learned:

The Apple Watch’s customized S1 chip has been compared power-wise to the processors in the iPad 2 and iPhone 4s. The chip has a gyroscope, accelerometer and sensor that measures activity and heart rate. The iPhone’s GPS and Wi-Fi are combined with some of its tracking abilities, while distance traveled is measured by the phone’s GPS system.

Many of the watch’s functions, such messaging and notifications, will not work without the presence of your iPhone. Expected per-charge battery life is 18 hours (and up to 72 hours in Power Reserve Mode). Frankly, this is why I find this to be a fashion accessory first and iOS device second.

But fashionable it can be. The Apple Watch is offered in a plethora of choices with six different interchangeable straps to suit every taste.

The 38mm Apple Watch Sport has a $349 price tag, while the 42mm version will go for $399. Want stainless steel or 18-karat gold? Those are available too, but be ready to pay: Those range from $549 to $17,000! Watch bands alone will cost between $49 and $449, with additional magnetic chargers offered at $29 for a 1-meter cable and $39 for a 2-meter cable.

Check out Apple’s "Apple Watch" page to see all that this new revolutionary watch has to offer.

About Brent Whitfield

Brent Whitfield is CEO of DCG Technical Solutions, Inc., which provides IT Support in the Los Angeles area since 1993. DCG exists to help our clients choose, implement, and manage IT and cloud solutions that are cost effective and reliable. DCG's pro-active approach to IT is ideally suited for companies who depend on reliable IT infrastructure, but don't want to spend a lot of money to keep it that way. DCG was recognized among the Top 10 Fastest Growing MSPs in North America by MSP Mentor. Brent has been featured in Fast Company, CNBC, Network Computing, Reuters, and Yahoo Business.