FAQ: Everything you need to know about the Apple Watch – Macworld

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The Apple Watch isn’t a must-have like your iPhone, but Apple’s most personal device has the potential to change the way we interact with other people—and our phones. We’re now almost a year into wearing our watches, and they’ve improved with a major software upgrade (watchOS 2),new band options, and a price cut.

What does watchOS 2 have to offer? What’s it like to use an Apple Watch, and is it even worth buying? We answer all these questions and more in this ultimate guide to Apple Watch. If you think of any more questions, let us know in the comments.

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Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition.

What’s the latest? Apple just slashed the prices of its Apple Watch Sport models in time for its spring event, which is also close to the 1-year anniversary of the watch’s launch. A 38mm Sport now starts at $299, and a 42mm model is $349. Apple also revealed a new Woven Nylon band and introduced new colors in its Sport and leather band lineup. Apple CEO Tim Cook said a third of Apple Watch wearers change up their bands on a regular basis, so it makes sense for the company to roll out more options.

What’s this watch all about, anyway? The Apple Watch began shipping almost a year ago, and reviews have been mixed, but one thing is for sure: The watch’s three models are beautiful in different ways. The mid-range stainless steel Apple Watch comes in a stunning and super shiny chrome or space black finish. Its touchscreen is covered by sapphire crystal, which should make it more scratch-resistant than the Gorilla Glass Apple has used on its iPhones. Prices range between $549 and $1,099, depending on whether you buy the 38mm or 42mm case and which band you choose.

Apple Watch Sport has an anodized aluminum case (which is lighter than stainless steel) in silver or space gray, and the face is Ion-X glass, which also designed to be hard and rugged (as well as a little bit lighter) than the sapphire. (Although we put it to the test, and it does in fact shatter easily.) It’s definitely the lightest of the three Apple Watch editions, making it an ideal exercise companion. It’s also the cheapest option at $299 for the 38mm version and $349 for the 42mm model.

As for the Apple Watch Edition, it ramps up the luxury factor with an 18-karat gold casing in yellow or rose. As you might expect, it’s heavy. Gold, y’know. The Apple Watch Edition also comes in a fancy leather box that doubles as a charging cradle! It also costs about as much as an entry-level car, ranging from $10,000 to $17,000, depending on size and band choice.

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Apple’s promotional shots and videos are full of women wearing the watch, which comes in two sizes.

Are there multiple models because one size doesn’t actually fit all? Yes, each edition comes in two sizes, which is something we haven’t seen with any Android Wear watches so far. You can buy Apple Watches in heights of 38 and 42 millimeters—about 1.5 and 1.65 inches, respectively, if you’ve had it up to here with the metric system. The Watch’s promotional videos feature plenty of women wearing the watch, which is especially nice to see, since other smartwatch makers appear to be ignoring those of us with slender wrists.

Can you swap out the watch band? Absolutely. Apple Watch comes with bands that are easy to mix and match any band with any watch. You can swap them out as your heart desires without the aid of any tools—as long as the band and watch are the same size. (The Leather Loop band, for example, only fits 42mm watches, not the smaller 38mm size.) Apple has its own proprietary system to make switching bands easy—but that also means you probably won’t be able to swap in just any band. And even if Apple’s bands fit your watch, the finish might be different: The solid-gold hardware accents on the rose gray Modern Buckle band won’t match the anodized aluminum finish of the Apple Watch Sport, for example.

FAQ: Everything you need to know about the Apple Watch – Macworld