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Apple's Watch isn't even in stores yet but thanks to reviews and video guides we already know a lot about the upcoming timepiece.

And now How It Works magazine has published an animated 'tear-down' of the watch's components including its S1 chip and the controversial battery.

The 'Apple Watch under the microscope' infographic reveals how Apple manages to pack in all the features and hardware needed to fuel its first foray into wearables. 



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How It Works magazine has published an animated tear-down (pictured) of the Watch's components including its S1 chip, battery and sapphire display. The Watch is made predominantly of eight parts - the base, heart-rate sensor, induction charger, battery, haptic engine, loudspeaker, touchscreen and band
















From this infographic, the Watch is made of eight main parts - the base, heart-rate sensor, induction charger, battery, taptic engine, loudspeaker, touchscreen and band.

In addition, it has a digital crown and a Friends button. The former lets users scroll through menus, while the latter opens up contacts. 

The chip in the Apple Watch is called S1 and it is said to be similar in power to the A5 that powered the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. 






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It is called a System in Package (SiP) chip and Samsung reportedly supplied the RAM and flash storage. The S1 is covered in a resin shell designed to protect the chip from impact and water. 

In terms of storage, Apple has confirmed all three models of the watch will ship with 8GB of total storage.



APPLE WATCH - THE MAIL'S VERDICT

'Will the Apple Watch change your life? Well, possibly more than many realise until they start using it.

'After a day or two with the watch, a strange thing happened - I completely stopped checking my phone.

'While Apple may be the firm that really creates phone addiction, meaning we are constantly checking our handsets, with the Apple Watch it may have cured it.

'Apple undoubtedly has another hit on its hands with the watch. 

'As more and more apps appear, and developers actually get to spend time with it, I fully expect it be used in ways we can't even imagine now.

'Much like the iPhone, apps could propel this to become a new computing platform - and even with the features it already has, the Apple watch is the most elegant way to communicate digitally.'

Mark Prigg in New York 



This will be used to run the Watch's iOS software and apps and at least 2GB of this will be free for music and photos.



Although this is the equivalent to just 240 songs, it does mean the timepiece can be used independently for certain tasks. The number of tracks it can store will also vary depending on the file sizes. 

A Near Field Communication chip is also included to allow people to make payments using their wrist through Apple Pay.  



Next up is the battery. 

Boss Tim Cook said the Watch's 'all-day' battery life lasts 18 hours with 'typical use' - but official tests recently revealed this equates to just 90 time checks, 90 notifications, three hours of talk time and 6.5 hours of music playback.

The Taptic Engine is a linear actuator inside Watch that produces haptic feedback. It is what is used to send heartbeats to friends, for example.

In less technical terms this taps the wearer on the wrist whenever they receive an alert or notification, or press down on the display.

This is combined with 'subtle audio cues' from the speaker driver. 

On the back of the Watch's case, a ceramic cover with sapphire lenses sits above a sensor that uses infrared and visible-light LEDs and photodiodes to detect the wearer's heart rate. 

Apple Watch uses this sensor, along with an accelerometer and the GPS and Wi‑Fi in a connected iPhone, to measure physical movement such as steps, distance and calories. 




























In addition, the Watch has a digital crown and a Friends button. The former lets users scroll through menus and emoticons (left) while the latter opens up contacts menu (right). The chip in the Apple Watch is called S1 and it is said to be similar in power to the A5 that powered the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S













Apple boss Tim Cook said the Watch's 'all-day' battery life lasts 18 hours with 'typical use' - but official tests have revealed this equates to just 90 time checks, 90 notifications, 45 minutes of app use, and a 30-minute workout with music. Apple defines the battery on its Watch page and said a time check lasts four seconds 


Elsewhere, the Watch uses Apple's MagSafe technology with inductive charging. This is built on the underside of the watch base. 

This means it can be charged wirelessly by placing a connector onto a charging port, where magnets cause it to snap into place automatically.

MagSafe is the name of the connector Apple uses with its MacBook range. 

The screen on the Watch has a laminated Retina display made from a 'single crystal of sapphire.' 

While on the Sport collection the screen has the added protection of Ion-X glass.








The screen on the Watch has a laminated Retina display made from a 'single crystal of sapphire.' While on the Sport collection (left) the screen has the added protection of Ion-X glass. All models (standard pictured centre and Edition pictured right) will be sold in either 1.4-inch (38mm) or 1.7-inch (42mm) versions

















The Taptic Engine is a linear actuator inside Watch that produces haptic feedback. It is what is used to send heartbeats to friends, for example. In less technical terms, this taps the wearer on the wrist whenever they receive an alert or notification (shown left), or press down on the display or icons (right)














All models will be sold in either 1.4-inch (38mm) or 1.7-inch (42mm) versions depending on which colour the owner chooses.

Earlier this week, Apple released the first four guided tour videos of its watch, and said more are 'coming soon.'

And then a leaked memo revealed Apple employees will get a 50 per cent discount on the device. 

Notably, the discount doesn't apply to the expensive Edition model, which starts at $10,000 in the US and £8,000 in the UK. 

Prices for the Sport model start at $349 in the US and £299 in the UK, while the stainless steel Watch starts at $549 (£479). 

This means US employees will only pay $174.50 and $274 respectively, while in the UK the price drops to £149.50 and £239.50. 



EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT THE APPLE WATCH








The Apple Watch is available in three models: the Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport (pictured) and Apple Watch Edition


Models: The Apple Watch will be available in three models: the Apple Watch, Watch Sport and Watch Edition.

All models will be sold in either 1.4-inch (38mm) or 1.7-inch (42mm) versions depending on which colour the owner chooses.

Apple Watch is made of stainless steel with a sapphire crystal Retina display and ceramic back.

Apple Watch Sport is made of 7000 Series Silver Aluminum with Ion-X Glass on a Retina display and composite back. 

Apple Watch Edition has a similar build to the Apple Watch but comes in 18-Karat Rose Gold and Yellow Gold.

Interchangeable straps include fluoroelastomer (rubber), leather, and stainless steel.

Prices: Apple Watch is made of stainless steel and prices range between $549 and $1048 for the 1.4-inch model and $599 and $1099 for the larger 1.7-inch version. 

Watch Sport is made of 7000 Series Silver Aluminum and ranges from $349 to $399. 

The premium Edition has a similar build to the Apple Watch but comes in 18-Karat Rose Gold and Yellow Gold.

Prices start at $10,000.

All of the watches can be pre-ordered from 10 April and goes on sale on 24 April. 

In the UK, Sport starts at £299, the standard Watch starts at £479 and the Edition model will cost £8,000. 

Gestures: Following last year's unveiling, Apple admitted the Watch is unlike any device it has ever made.

It said it has 'reinvented all-new ways to select navigate and input that are suited to a smaller device worn on the wrist'. The Watch is also said to be able to sense force adding 'a new dimension to the user interface'. 

Force Touch uses electrodes around the flexible display to distinguish between a light tap and a deep press, and trigger instant access to a range of contextually specific controls - such as an action menu in Messages, or a mode that lets you select different watch faces. 








The Sport model is pictured left, the Watch is pictured centre and the Edition is pictured right. All of the watches can be pre-ordered from 10 April and will be available in stores from this date


Digital Crown: On mechanical watches, the crown has historically been used to set the time and date and to wind the mainspring. 

Apple has adapted this and its 'digital' crown can be used to magnify content on the small display.

Rotating the digital crown replaces the typical pinching motion used on iPhones and iPads and allows wearers to zoom and scroll without obstructing the screen. 

Pressing the crown will also return wearers to the home screen.

Watch OS: Apple has taken the iOS software on its phones and tablets and tweaked it to better suit the watch's power, display size and functions. It has also invented a new typeface to make the screen easier to read.

Sapphire display: Apple Watches have a laminated Retina display made from a 'single crystal of sapphire.' While on the Sport collection the screen has the added protection of Ion-X glass.

Glances: The Glances feature shows info users would like to see, similar to Google Now, and is accessed by swiping the screen up from the bottom.

For instance, wearers can glimpse the weather forecast, check out what's next on their calendar, or find their location on a map. 

They can then swipe through different Glances, lifetime iptv box or tap on one to go directly to its corresponding app for more details.

Music can also be controlled on an iPhone through the Apple Watch.






On the back of the Watch's case is a sensor (pictured) that uses infrared and visible-light LEDs and photodiodes to detect the wearer's heart rate


Vibration and notifications: The Watch has a built-in is a 'taptic engine' that responds to a subtle vibrations users feel on their wrist for notifications.

Any notification that appears on the connected phone will appear on the Watch. 

This is made from a linear actuator, or motor, inside the Apple Watch that produces haptic feedback.  

The wearer can then respond to these messages directly or swipe down to see the Notification Centre.

This haptic feedback could also be used with Apple Maps, for example, to help people navigate. It will produced gentle vibrations to signal when to turn left or right.  

The Watch additionally understands questions in messages and offers pre-selected answers, and messages can be dictated to the iPhone.

And this taptic engine means people can get someone's attention with a gentle tap or send their heartbeat remotely.

There is no keyboard on the Watch, and messages can only be sent through dictation, or emoji.

Siri is also built into the Apple Watch.  

Heart rate sensor:  On the back of the Watch's case, a ceramic cover with sapphire lenses sits above a sensor that uses infrared and visible-light LEDs and photodiodes to detect the wearer's heart rate. 

Apple Watch uses this sensor, along with an accelerometer and the GPS and Wi‑Fi in a connected iPhone, to measure physical movement such as steps, distance and calories. 

Inductive charging: The Watch uses Apple's MagSafe technology with inductive charging. 

This means it can be charged wirelessly by placing a connector near the back of the watch where magnets cause it to snap into place automatically. MagSafe is the name of the connector Apple uses with its MacBook range. 

Battery life: The watch has an average battery life of 18 hours           














Apple's Watch goes on display around the world on 10 April and people can pre-order it at 12.01 Pacific Time (8am BST) on this day. The Watch will then go on general sale on 24 April in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Japan







Earlier this week, Apple released the first four guided tour videos of its watch, and said more are 'coming soon.' These videos (pictured) include an introduction to the main features, plus how to use the Messages app, customise the face, and use digital touch


 











 





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