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Everything you need to know about the Apple Watch

Updated Mar 9th, 2015 4:15PM EDT
Apple Watch Release Date Price Specs
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Apple gave us a bunch of new information on the Apple Watch on Monday and now we know its release date, specifications and pricing for various models. Below is a recap of everything you need to know about the Apple Watch.

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How much will it cost?

Here are prices for all major versions of the Apple Watch:

  • Apple Watch Sport – 38mm: $349
  • Apple Watch Sport – 42mm: $399
  • Apple Watch – 38mm: $549 – $1,049 (Prices vary based on watch band)
  • Apple Watch – 42mm: $599 – $1,099 (Prices vary based on watch band)
  • Apple Watch Edition: $10,000 — $17,000

Basically, anyone who wants a device for pure functional purposes can get one for $400 or less. If you want one for a status symbol, however, you can spent up to $17,000 on it.

When can I order one?

You’ll be able to preorder the Apple Watch starting on April 10th and it will start shipping on April 24th.

What will its battery life be like?

Apple says the device will last for 18 hours per charge with “moderate” use, although we’ll have to see how well this holds up when the device finally comes out. You’ll be able to charge the watch using a special MagSafe charging port that will be more convenient to use than a typical iPhone or iPad Lightning cable.

Is it waterproof?

No. It is officially rated as “splash resistant,” which means you should not take it into the shower or swim with it.

What are the specs for the Apple Watch?

Here are the basic specifications for Apple’s newest device:

  • Sizes: 38mm and 42mm: 38 mm: 21.2 x 26.5 mm, 33.5 mm (1.32 in) diagonally, 272 x 340 pixels,
    42 mm: 24.3 x 30.5 mm, 39 mm (1.5 in) diagonally, 312 x 390 pixels
  • Versions: Apple Watch , Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition complete with a variety of strap choices for each model
  • Retina touchscreen display with Force Touch, and sapphire glass or Ion-X glass cover depending on model
  • Taptic Engine and built-in speaker for instant tactile feedback
  • Custom S1 SiP (System in Package) chip
  • Sensors: accelerometer, built-in heart rate sensor
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC support (for Apple Pay payments)
  • Digital Crown Home button
  • 18-hours battery life and MagSafe charging
  • Compatibility: iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
  • Apple Pay and Siri support
Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.