After a wait of more than two years, Apple has finally taken its first foray into the world of wearables with the unveiling of the Apple Watch.

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The rectangular wristwatch was unveiled alongside two new, larger iPhone handsets, and a new mobile payment system called Apple Pay.

The Apple Watch, which received a standing ovation at the event, has a rectangular bezel, rectangular sapphire crystal screen, and curved edges and is made of metal.

‘Apple Watch is the most personal device we’ve ever created.’ said Apple chief executive Tim Cook.

‘It’s also a comprehensive health and fitness device [and] is precise, synced to the internet, accurate to within 50 milliseconds.’

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[list_item icon=”cog”]The watch has a completely new user interface, different from the iPhone, and the ‘crown’ on the Apple Watch is a dial called the ‘digital crown.'[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”cog”]Users can turn the crown to zoom in and out on a map, or scroll through a list. The crown can also be pressed to take the user back to the home screen.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”cog”]’It can be worn all day, in any occasion,’ continued Mr Cook.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”cog”] The watch works ‘seamlessly’ with the iPhone 5C, 5S as well as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and it lets users dictate messages via a microphone on the device.[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”cog”]Its screen is a touchscreen, but it also senses force, and can tell the difference between ‘a tap and a press.’ For example, pressing down will recognise as a right click.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”cog”]All the electronics are packed onto a tiny board, sealed up to protect against water.[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”cog”]The Apple Watch comes in three finishes – Apple Watch, which comes in silver, the Apple Watch Sport and the Apple Watch Edition, which will be available in 18-karat gold.[/list_item]

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The wearable will be available from early 2015 and prices start at $349.

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  • Apple didn’t specify what the battery life was like on the Apple Watch, but did say it would need to be charged each night.
  • The watch’s straps are interchangeable, and they come in a range of colours and materials, including plastic and leather.
  • There are two sizes of the watch, dubbed male and female versions, with matching smaller straps and finishes.
  • Other features include Glances, which shows information users would like to see, similar to Google Now.
  • It is accessed by swiping the screen up from the bottom, and shows calendar invites, weather and traffic for example.
  • The watch also understands questions in messages, and offers pre-selected answers, and messages can be dictated to the iPhone through the watch.
  • Users can also talk to the watch and send a voice reply, or have it transcribed to them.
  • There is no keyboard on the watch, and messages can only be sent through dictation, or emoji.