A family of smartwatches from Apple that debuted in April 2015. Compatible with iPhones starting with the iPhone 5, the screen's Force Touch senses the difference between a tap and a press to enable two modes of touch interaction. Models include an altimeter and Apple Music streaming. Each series is available in two case sizes with numerous band styles. The watch's Taptic Engine "taps" the wearer on the wrist for notifications. As of 2020, models from Series 3 and 5 are offered.
Apple Watch 5
Introduced in 2019, the Apple Watch 5 is the flagship series available in 40mm and 44mm case sizes. Similar to the Series 4 with the addition of a compass and an always-on display, Series 5 models are .07 millimeter thinner than Series 3 with a 30% larger screen due to a reduced bezel.
Apple Watch 3
The Series 3, available in 38mm and 42mm aluminum cases, is the economy line. When introduced in 2017, the Series 3 improved performance over the Series 2 along with lower prices. With the cellular option, the Series 3 was the first Apple watch to become a stand-alone cellphone.
If the watch was previously paired with the iPhone via Bluetooth but goes out of range, it can use the same Wi-Fi network to send iMessages, an animated sketch, taps and heartbeats to other Apple Watch users (see Digital Touch
). The device can also run Siri over Wi-Fi.
A Digital Crown
The Apple Watch Digital Crown is used to zoom, scroll, activate Siri and display the home screen. The power button accesses contacts and Apple Pay.
Apple Watch 5
With a built-in heart rate sensor, the Apple Watch 5 comes in 40mm (left) and 44mm (right) case sizes. The Digital Crown delivers a click-like feel when scrolling.
With more than 40 models, no smartwatch ever debuted with such variety. The Sport line had aluminum cases and plastic bands; the Watch had stainless steel cases and several bands, while Edition models had gold-plated cases, including a solid gold model that retailed for USD $17,000. (Images courtesy of Apple Inc.)
The First Update
In 2016, the second-generation Edition changed from gold cases to ceramic at a lower price, and the solid gold model was dropped. Nike+ and Hermes models were also added. Sport became Series 1, and Watch became Series 2. Apple has made changes every year since. (Images courtesy of Apple Inc.)
Easy to Connect the Charger
Apple's MagSafe connector attaches magnetically onto the back of the watch.
Apple Watch Bands
Almost overnight, an industry of third-party Apple Watch bands sprang up; witness this assortment at Best Buy.