2. What can it do?
Quite a lot, actually, and it will be able to do much more over time as as new apps become available.
Mobile payment: One of the most talked-about predictions involved mobile payment with the swipe of a wrist. It has that. This is really an iPhone 6 feature, but near field communication (NFC) between the phone and the watch let you pay for goods with a flick of the wrist. Many leading banks are signed up, as are Visa, Mastercard and American Express. Big retailers and restaurant chains are also signing up. Those on-board so far include McDonalds, Subway, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Starbucks (of course), Duane Reade, Walgreens, Staples, Whole Foods, Uber, Open Table, and more. American Airlines has an app to let you board your flight with the watch. Starwood Hotels has an app that lets you open your hotel room door. BMW has an app that lets you check your hybrid car’s charge level (though that information should be right in front of you on the dashboard).
Health and fitness: YES! Tim Cook called this a key feature set for this product. The watch uses the phone’s GPS to track distance traveled, so you’ll be jogging or cycling with your phone on your hip to track your progress. The watch will “get to know you” over time, and it will begin sending you motivational messages to keep you on your fitness routine.
Glances: This is a shortcut that lets you instantly access selected information such as the weather forecast or stock prices.
Gesture control: This was predicted and delivered. Actions like raising your arm bring up contacts lists.
Notifications: You can select which notifications you receive and act on them. The watch even suggests responses. For example, if the message asks if you want to go a movie or to dinner, the watch will display three response options: movie, dinner, neither. Of course other responses are possible.
Photos: You can store photos on board and zoom or pan them.
Maps and directions: Yes, again with zoom and pan.
Siri and voice search: check and check.
Social: Facebook and Twitter have apps optimized for the watch. More to follow.
3. How long will the battery last?
4. Will it work with my iPhone?
The Apple Watch will work only with the 5 models, and the new 6 and 6+. During the event, Apple said the watch requires the iPhone to work, but it was not clear whether that means to work at all, or only to be able to use the GPS, payment system, and other phone-based features. Clearly Apple plans to use the watch to leverage iPhone 6 and 6+ sales. All of those cool NFC watch features require the new phone.
5. What is the price?
Starting at $349.