Everything you've ever wanted to know about the highly anticipated Apple Watch will be revealed at the "Spring Forward" event next Monday, March 9 but that hasn't stopped people from wanting to grab every bit of information ahead of the highly anticipated new product's reveal. Apple intelligence site 9to5Mac has rounded up some juicy details regarding things like battery life, notifications, speed and settings. Take a look below to get some inside information and stay tuned for more news as it comes. Follow our Apple Watch coverage here.
Power Reserve Mode & Battery Life
Battery life for the Apple Watch has caused some worry with prospective buyers. Originally, it was said to have between 2.5 and 4 hours of heavy app usage but it was revealed that the final product will allow 5 hours of app usage and won't run out of juice with mixed active and passive use. Additionally, it will have a Power Reserve Mode that cuts optional services to preserve the watch's core functions.
Heart Rate Glance
Though not yet announced, the Heart Rate Glance will allow users to see their Beats Per Minute at any given time. When you access the app, an image of a heart will appear and the screen showing a constantly updating BPM read.
Notification Center and Glances
In addition to Battery Life and Heart Rate, the Apple Watch will also come with Glances for Fitness Stats, Activity, Clock, Weather, Music, Quick Settings, Calendar and Maps. And much like Apple's many other products, it will have a Notification Center that you can see by swiping down from the top of the display.
Onboard Storage & Music
As previously announced, Apple's new wearable will also be able to play music even when it's not linked to an iPhone. Users will be able to choose songs, artists and playlists form their phones and move it over to the watch. Additionally, it comes with Bluetooth connectivity, meaning you'll be able to stream music through external speakers and headphones.
iPhone Companion App
To make things convenient for users who own multiple Apple products, applications on the Apple Watch will be able to be controlled using the iPhone companion app. In addition to changing settings and choosing music, the app lets you rearrange the icons on the home screen, along with a number of different functions.
Force Touch, Digital Crown & Voice Control
The Apple Watch's force-sensing touchscreen will feel like "a giant button than you just want to press in the manner needed for Force Touch". Meanwhile, the Digital Crown input device registers touches and movements up, down, left, and right. Additionally, since there is no keyboard, all interactions will be handled with preset options and voice dictation.
Speed, Display & Sport Band
The Apple Watch is said to be pretty fast, with word that the S1 chip is comparable to the A5 in the iPod Touch. True to Apple Form, the display is apparently great and looks like "vibrant digital paper". On the other hand, the Sport Band seems like it might take some getting used to because of the pin-based closure system.
Powering Off, Force Quitting & Settings
Sources say that powering the Apple Watch down will be similar to shutting off an iPhone or iPad, by long-pressing the side button. There will also be a Force Quit option for apps that give you trouble by accessing the shut down screen and quickly pressing the button on the right. The Settings application includes various toggles such as Bluetooth and Airplane Mode.