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Published on September 12th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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A Watch From Apple, Do Drivers Need One?

Apple has just announced its long awaited Apple Watch, a sleek, oblong touchscreen smart watch that functions as an extension of the iPhone. It’s available in three metals including yellow or rose gold. Available early 2015. The Apple Watch is heavily reminiscent of the Ikepod timepieces designed by Marc Newson with its rounded, oblong shape similar to the Ikepod Manatee. And the button clasp of the Apple Watch rubber strap is identical to Newson’s Ikepod design. It’s loaded with features, including the usual like mail and messages, but also health apps and a mobile wallet. And most intriguingly, Apple also introduced versions in hardened, 18k gold.

The Apple Watch was designed to offer an extremely wide range of functions, from lifestyle apps through navigation to processing payments; and to make the most of these Apple seems to have worked extensively on the user interface. “User-friendliness” certainly is a trademark of Apple and so it is no surprise they say they went out of their way to be sure the Watch will be easy to use even for novice customers.

The interface includes Apple’s voice recognition and command system Siri. That means you can talk to the Apple Watch in addition to inputting information via the screen. Apple has demonstrated a series of intuitive ways to input information as well as get notifications, but also to easily share things you see around you by using the Apple Watch as a remote control for your iPhone’s camera. Another example is a quick dialing feature that has pictures of your friends/contacts on the screen of the iWatch and you can just tap on their faces to call them

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