The Apple Watch has officially gone on sale and even with limited stock, people are starting to receive their Apple Watch orders. The Apple Watch is the first device of its kind by Apple, and there will be questions that need to be answered about how to use the smartwatch – questions that we have answered.
Where to buy the Apple Watch
The Apple Watch went on sale on the 24 April, with pre-orders kicking off on the 10 April. Usually you’d be able to head into store and buy one, as with most other Apple products on launch day, but not the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch was regulated to an online only release, with no iconic Apple Store queues on launch day – and that’s still how it stands.
There aren’t any Apple Stores that stock the Apple Watch, with this unlikely to change until at least June. So if you want to buy an Apple Watch, you can do so through its Online Store or via the Apple Store app for iOS. You may be waiting a while though, as pre-orders haven’t yet been fulfilled and the delivery date for those that order an Apple Watch today is June.
How much does the Apple Watch cost?
The Apple Watch varies in price depending on a number of choices. The first is whether you want an Apple Watch Sport, an Apple Watch or an Apple Watch Edition. The Apple Watch Sport is crafted from aluminium, is available in silver or space grey and uses Ion-X cover glass. It also comes with the Sports Band, Apple’s cheapest Apple Watch strap collection which is made from a custom high-performance fluoroelastomer and is available in white, blue, green, pink and black. The pricing for the Apple Watch sport with a Sport Band strap is as follows:
- 38mm silver aluminium Apple Watch Sport with Sport Band strap (white, blue, green, pink): £299
- 38mm Space Grey aluminium Apple Watch Sport with Sport Band strap (black): £299
- 42mm silver aluminium Apple Watch Sport with Sport Band strap (white, blue, green, pink): £339
- 42mm Space Grey aluminium Apple Watch Sport with Sport Band strap (black): £339
The Apple Watch is Apple’s mid-range smartwatch, which uses stainless steel instead of aluminium and sapphire instead of Ion-X for its cover glass. It also comes with a wider range of more stylish and premium watch straps, including the Milanese Loop, Classic Buckle, Modern Buckle, Leather Loop and Link Bracelet with most straps available in a number of different colours. The pricing for the Apple Watch depends largely on the strap you choose, with the Sports Band being the cheapest option at £479 and the Link Bracelet being the most expensive at £949.
- 38mm stainless steel Apple Watch with Sport Band strap (white, black): £479
- 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch with Sport Band strap (white, black): £519
- 38mm stainless steel Apple Watch with Milanese Loop strap: £559
- 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch with Milanese Loop strap: £599
- 38mm stainless steel Apple Watch with black Classic Buckle strap: £559
- 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch with black Classic Buckle strap: £599
- 38mm stainless steel Apple Watch with black Modern Buckle strap: £649
- 38mm stainless steel Apple Watch with midnight blue Modern Buckle strap: £649
- 38mm stainless steel Apple Watch with soft pink Modern Buckle strap: £649
- 38mm stainless steel Apple Watch with brown Modern Buckle strap: £649
- 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch with black Leather Loop strap: £599
- 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch with bright blue Leather Loop strap: £599
- 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch with stone Leather Loop strap: £599
- 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch with brown Leather Loop strap: £599
- 38mm stainless steel Apple Watch with Link Bracelet strap: £819
- 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch with Link Bracelet strap: £859
- 38mm space black Apple Watch with Link Bracelet strap: £899
- 42mm space black Apple Watch with Link Bracelet strap: £949
The Apple Watch Edition is Apple’s most expensive smartwatch offering, ranging between £8000 and £13,500 depending on the watch and strap combination you choose. For that kind of money, you’re getting something of value; the Edition is made from either 18-carat gold or rose gold, and some are paired with different coloured straps (namely the bright red Modern Buckle) that aren’t available for purchase with the Apple Watch Sport or Apple Watch.
- 38mm 18-carat rose gold Apple Watch Edition with Sport Band strap (white, black): £8,000
- 42mm 18-carat rose gold Apple Watch Edition with Sport Band strap (white, black): £9,500
- 38mm 18-carat rose gold Apple Watch Edition with rose grey Modern Buckle strap: £13,500
- 38mm 18-carat yellow gold Apple Watch Edition with bright red Modern Buckle strap: £13,500
- 42mm 18-carat yellow gold Apple Watch Edition with black Classic Buckle strap: £12,000
- 42mm 18-carat yellow gold Apple Watch Edition with midnight blue Classic Buckle strap: £12,000
It’s important to note that even though there’s a huge price difference between the Apple Watch Sport and the Apple Watch Edition, there’s no difference in the functionality of the smartwatch. The only real difference between the three are changes in the materials used and the available straps.
Which size Apple Watch do I need?
The Apple Watch is available in two sizes; 38mm and 42mm. The general consensus is that the 38mm is designed to suit women and the 42mm is designed to suit men, but there are no differences in design so it’s more about what you prefer. It’s important to note that the 38mm/42mm measurement isn’t the size of the screen, which is what most people would assume but instead is the measurement of the height of the watch. It’s an odd way of measuring the size of a device, as we usually measure the screen from corner to corner, but hey ho – smartphone rules can’t apply to a smartwatch.
The exact dimensions of the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch are as follows (height x width x depth):
38mm Apple Watch: 38.6mm x 33.3mm x 10.5mm
42mm Apple Watch: 42mm x 35.9mm x 10.5mm
Deciding on the size of Apple Watch that you should buy is an important decision, and so we advise booking an appointment at an Apple Store to try on different Apple Watches with different straps to help you make your decision. Also, it’s important to remember that your size will slightly affect your choice of straps – the Leather Loop is a 42mm exclusive and the Modern Buckle is a 38mm exclusive.
How to set up an Apple Watch
The Apple Watch setup is a straightforward, if not slightly exciting experience. Unlike other smartwatches that you connect via your iPhone’s Bluetooth Settings, the Apple Watch setup process is slightly different. The Apple Watch still communicates using Bluetooth, so make sure that Bluetooth and Wi-Fi/cellular are both enabled before you start the setup.
Firstly, turn on your Apple Watch by holding the side button (beneath the Digital Crown). When prompted, select your chosen language, then open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap “Start Pairing”. Your Apple Watch will then display a cluster of what can only be described as atoms, then, using your iPhone’s camera (it’ll open automatically) you have to align the smartwatch display with the orange viewfinder.
After a second or two, the pairing process should be complete and you can continue with the setup of your Apple Watch by tapping “Set up Apple Watch”. That’ll take you through a number of options including screen orientation and whether you want to install all Apple Watch companion apps that are currently installed on your iPhone, or whether you want to do add them manually. Once you’ve gone through this process, the iPhone and Apple Watch will sync and upon completion, you’ll be able to start using your Apple Watch.
How to use the Apple Watch Digital Crown
The crown is an integral part of traditional watches and is typically used to adjust the time on mechanical watches, but as the Apple Watch is digital, there’s no need for it. Apple decided that using the typical “pinch to zoom” on such a small display makes no sense, as your fingers would cover most of the display. So instead, Apple designed the Digital Crown to be used for scrolling and zooming on the Apple Watch.
If you need to zoom in the Maps app, or zoom out of a photo on the Photos app, simply use the Digital Crown. It’s a very precise mechanism that enables intricate control over the scroll/zoom speed.
The Digital Crown works like the Home Button on an iPhone, and is used to access the home screen and close apps. From your watch face, simply press in the Digital Crown to access the home screen. You can also press in the Digital Crown to leave an app, or double press the Digital Crown to swap between your two most recently opened apps. It can also be held to manually activate Siri, instead of saying “Hey Siri”.
See also: Apple Watch buying guide
How to read the time on an Apple Watch
When you raise your wrist, the time should automatically be displayed on your Apple Watch, much like a traditional smartwatch. If you’ve changed your Apple Watch settings from opening the watch face by default to opening the last app you were using, don’t worry. If you’re in an app, simply press in the Digital Crown to go back to the home screen and then tap on the Clock icon, which will take you back to the main watch face.
How to set an alarm on the Apple Watch
Setting an alarm on the Apple Watch is a fairly straight forward process. From the watch face, simply press the Digital Crown and then tap on the orange Alarm icon on the home screen. If you’ve set alarms before, these will be listed when you first open the app but if you want to set a new alarm, all you need to do is force touch (press firmly) on the screen to access the menu, and tap “new”.
You then tap on the hour, and using the digital crown, you can select the hour of your alarm. Repeat this process for the minutes, and then click done. The next menu is where you can personalise the alarm, including whether to repeat the alarm on certain days,what the alarm tone should be and whether Snooze should be enabled.
Once you’ve finished personalising your alarm, simply tap in the top left hand corner to go back to the list of your alarms. You should notice your new alarm in the list, already enabled and ready to wake you up!
If you want a quicker way to set an alarm, you can use Siri. Activate Siri by raising your wrist and saying “Hey Siri” or holding in the Digital Crown, then say “Set an alarm for X”. You’ll then be taken to the Alarm app, where your newly added alarm should be displayed.