Apple has finally launched the Apple Watch in India today. Launched in three variants – Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition – and two sizes (38 mm and 42 mm), the device will be available in Gold, Rose Gold, Space Gray, Silver Anodized Aluminium, polished Silver or Space Black stainless steel and 18-Carat Rose Gold and Yellow Gold colour variants.
The price of the Silver Aluminium Case and White Sport Band is Rs 30,900 for the 38mm and Rs 34,900 for the 42mm respectively. The device adopting the 38mm and 42mm Stainless Steel Case with the White Sport Band is priced at Rs 48,900 and Rs 52,900.
The price goes up to Rs 95,900 along with the stainless steel Link Bracelet and Rs 60,900 in the Classic Buckle leather strap option in two colours. Recently-introduced red coloured sport band is another option.
Apple Watch Edition (made in 18-Carat Rose gold casing) starts at Rs 8.2 lakh for the 38mm variant paired with the cheapest White Sport Band. In addition, the price of the 42mm version is at Rs 9,90,000, while the most expensive one in the series is priced at Rs 14.2 lakh. At the moment, Apple Watch Hermes designer range has not been introduced in India.
The Apple Watch was introduced almost six months ago globally. Apple Watch is the first new product category to be launched ever since Tim Cook took over the reins of the company after Steve Jobs stepped down. It is also the first new device category since 2010, when Apple entered the tablet market with its iPad.
Apple Watch serves as a timepiece and can be personalised with watch faces ranging from traditional analog such as the Chronograph face, Modular face, animated butterflies and jellyfish on the Motion face. It goes beyond telling time with specialised functions on the watch face such as the sunrise/sunset, upcoming calendar events or daily activity level. Users can simply swipe up from the watch face for ‘Glances’ that quickly show you information you care about. It could be anything from weather forecast and current location to the music you’re listening to.
For health and fitness enthusiasts, it comes with the Activity app that gives simple visual snapshot of your daily activity with three rings that measure active calories burned, brisk activity and how often you stand or take a break. Using the Workout app, it also provides detailed metrics required during workout sessions for activities like walking, running and cycling.
It works with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus as well as the latest iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus running iOS 8.2 or later. While India finally got the Apple Watch, reports about its successor coming sometime mid of next year are already out.