Apple Watch event: What to expect

Ahead of Apple's special media event on Monday, we've collected all of the last-minute rumors surrounding the highly anticipated Apple Watch

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Apple has already spilled the price of the entry-level Watch Sport model -- it will either start at or cost $349 -- but will likely reveal a full price sheet Monday that also covers the mid-tier Watch and the top-end Edition lines. 

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Ahead of Apple's upcoming special media event this coming Monday, we've seen a flurry of new reports detailing a number previously unknown tidbits about the highly anticipated Apple Watch.

When Apple first unveiled the Apple Watch this past September, it remained unusually coy about many of the device's more significant features. With the benefit of hindsight, it's become apparent that Apple was reluctant to disclose certain details because various aspects of the device – from pricing to battery life – remained in flux.

With a release date set for April (early April, according to the rumor mill), the Apple Watch rumors have been coming in at a rapid clip lately. That being the case, below is a collection of some of the more recent Apple Watch rumors that shed new light on Apple's brazen jump into the world of wearable technology.

It may help you use your phone less

In today's mobile-centric society, it's often hard to disconnect from our phones, what with apps and text messages, internet access is always reaching out and tempting us like sirens. To that end, the Apple Watch may actually help us keep our phones in our pockets far more frequently.

Matthew Panzarino of TechCrunch reported the following this past Friday:

People that have worn the Watch say that they take their phones out of their pockets far, far less than they used to. A simple tap to reply or glance on the wrist or dictation is a massively different interaction model than pulling out an iPhone, unlocking it and being pulled into its merciless vortex of attention suck.

Amazing display, notifications, and more

Panzarino also added that the Apple Watch will only receive notifications when the device is affixed to a user's wrist. This is a smart implementation because why waste battery power accumulating notifications on a device that isn't even being worn?

Some other tidbits originally relayed by TC include:

  • The display is gorgeous
  • Apple's "Force Touch" technology works as advertised
  • The Apple Watch Digital Crown has been reconfigured to provide more "weight" when scrolling

Battery life is better than anticipated

Unquestionably, one of the biggest question marks surrounding the Apple Watch is battery life. While Apple has remained steadfast in asserting that it should be charged every night, the New York Times last week relayed that Apple has incorporated a "Power Reserve" mode into the device to prolong daily use.

Apple has said the watch battery is estimated to last a full day, requiring a user to charge it at night, similar to a smartphone. The company also developed a yet-to-be-announced feature called Power Reserve, a mode that will run the watch on low energy but display only the time, according to one employee.

Building on that, Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac last week reported a number of previously undisclosed Apple Watch details.

Fleshing out some Apple Watch battery info, Gurman relays that Apple engineers over the past few months have significantly improved Apple Watch battery life. Specifically, Apple's upcoming wearable can reportedly withstand upwards of five hours of heavy usage. While five hours may not seem like much, it's important to remember that most Apple Watch interactions will be lightweight affairs, quick glances here and there. Which is to say, five hours should be way more than enough for most users.

More detailed Heart Rate information

Gurman also adds that the Apple Watch will be able to pass along heart rate information to users with a quick glance.

One notable yet-to-be-announced Apple Watch feature is the Heart Rate Glance. Thanks to the device’s heart rate monitor, the Heart Rate Glance will allow the user to see their Beats Per Minute at any time.

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 Our sources say that the process of reading the heart rate was almost instant and the readings were "seemingly accurate."

Apple Watch will be speedy

For a device built around quick interactions and speedy glances, fast performance is a must. To that end, Gurman also relays that the Apple Watch's S1 chip is on par with the A5 chip used in the iPod Touch. This should certainly prove to be more than enough for a device centered on lightweight applications.

More water-resistant than we thought

As we reported last week, the Apple Watch may be a tad more water-resistant than initially thought, with Tim Cook noting not too long ago that he wears his device in the shower.

Apple Watch app settings will be configured via a companion iPhone app

As a few sites have detailed over the past few months, configuring app settings on the Apple Watch won't be done on the device itself. Rather, Apple will release a companion iPhone app – likely with the impending release of iOS 8.2 – that will enable users to customize the performance of their Apple Watch just to their liking.

A lot to look forward to

While Apple spent a lot of time talking about the Apple Watch last September, Tim Cook said there's a lot more to discuss. For instance, in subsequent interviews, Cook noted that the Apple Watch might be used to control the Apple TV. Come Monday, we can expect to see Apple fill in all of the blanks it left unanswered during last September's media event. 

Additionally, we can expect to finally find out how much the Apple Watch is going to cost. While we know that the Sport models will cost $349, the rest of the device's pricing scheme remains unknown. Of particular interest will be how Apple chooses to price the Edition models. Given that the Edition models contain 18-karat gold, some have speculated that the price point might rise as high as $10,000.

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