Apple unveiled its smartwatch last month to much fanfare, providing users with a closer look of what the company calls the Apple Watch. However, there are still several details that we don’t know.
The Apple Watch aims to take on the saturated wearables market, and the company demonstrated the new device by showing off some apps and how the user interface would work, allowing users to zoom in and out with the dial on the side, as well use it to scroll through menus.
However, we still don’t know when the Apple Watch will release, nor do we know anything about the battery life or connectivity options, as well as the resolution of the display.
It turns out, though, that the Apple Watch screen could be supporting a Retina display based on calculations.
One Reddit user did some math and estimates that the Apple Watch’s display might be sporting a pixel-per-inch density anywhere from 323 to 328, which is close to the same pixel density as the iPhone 5s’s 4-inch display, meaning that the image on the small Watch display should be pretty crisp and clear.
It was rumored last month that the Apple Watch wouldn’t launch until after Valentine’s Day, or at least Apple employees anonymously said that it would be a miracle if that happened. Other rumors also suggest that February seems like the most likely timeframe for the device’s release.
Apple is usually known for launching big new products ahead of an upcoming shopping season, but the Apple Watch will be an exception, releasing at some point early next year. Valentine’s Day would be the only other shopping season alternatives, but if these new reports are correct, Apple won’t even have its watch out by then.
The Apple Watch will start at a steep $349 and will come in three different styles: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition. There are still quite a few details about the device that we don’t know about yet, including the release date. Also, no word on battery life or connectivity options, which is a bit odd, but we’re guessing we’ll hear about that soon enough, possibly at Apple’s iPad event next month.
While the company has taken the “i” prefix out of the name, that doesn’t mean it loses its Apple value. The device’s design is very similar to that of Apple’s other iOS products, and it even runs a modified version of iOS.
However, Cook has said that the company didn’t just shrink down the iPhone’s user interface and strap it to your wrist. Instead, the touchscreen UI is much different on the Watch than on an iPhone.
For example, instead of using pinch-to-zoom on the tiny touchscreen on the Watch, you use a small dial that you turn in order to zoom in and out while viewing maps or otherwise. Pressing the dial, which Apple calls the “digital crown,” will take you back to the home screen.
The touch screen is a rather unique one. For starters, it uses sapphire glass, which was rumored in the past of course, but the display also senses pressure, which means that it can tell the difference between a “tap” and a “press,” and it’s essentially like the difference between a left-click and right-click on a computer mouse.
The Apple Watch is quite the fitness device as well, as it has a myriad of sensors on the bottom to record your heart rate and other vitals, and it borrows the GPS signal from your iPhone for running or cycling apps to use. It looks like it’ll track your fitness activities better than most wearable devices can, but we’ll have to test it out first before we make such claims.