One of Apple’s most antic­i­pat­ed prod­ucts has final­ly arrived at its des­ti­na­tion: on the wrists of its own­ers. And while the hap­py own­ers of the first Apple Watch are set­ting up their devices, test­ing out Force Touch, and down­load­ing watch apps to their iPhones, we will ana­lyze a few inter­est­ing fea­tures of the Apple Watch.

Charging MagSafe can give you a miser


There is noth­ing wrong with choos­ing the Apple Watch Sport, the cheap­est watch mod­el. But if this ques­tion is a sore point for you, and you even replaced the strap on your watch in order to hide its cost, don’t even think about car­ry­ing a charg­er with you. A plas­tic charg­er will give you away.

In com­par­i­son, the mid-range and super-exclu­sive (read: expen­sive) Apple Watch mod­els — the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edi­tion — come with met­al charg­ers. For­tu­nate­ly, all types of charg­ers work very quick­ly and the dif­fer­ence between them is only in the case mate­r­i­al.

MagSafe charging can charge other devices…


Accord­ing to Apple Insid­er read­er Albert Lee, the Apple Watch charg­er charged anoth­er of his smart­watch­es, the Moto 360, with­out issue. Both devices use the same Qi wire­less stan­dard for charg­ing. Mash­able con­duct­ed their own test and this fact was con­firmed.

Actu­al­ly this is a very impor­tant thing. The Qi stan­dard is the most pop­u­lar among mobile device man­u­fac­tur­ers. It is also one of the three major wire­less charg­ing stan­dards com­pet­ing for lead­er­ship in the world of gad­gets. Last year, two oth­er stan­dards from the top three — the new Pow­er­Mat and the ear­li­er Rezence — joined forces. This great­ly facil­i­tat­ed the task of man­u­fac­tur­ers, so now one prod­uct can sup­port 2 stan­dards at once.

But at some point, the indus­try will have to choose one path and devel­op one stan­dard. At least if wire­less charg­ers become as pop­u­lar as micro USB. In the mean­time, thanks to Apple’s choice, the scales may tip towards the Qi stan­dard.

Or could, if not for one fact.

…but Apple Watch doesn’t work with third-party Qi chargers (at least not yet)


Let’s go back to the Mash­able tests. They also tried the oppo­site sce­nario — to charge the Apple Watch with Qi charg­ers from oth­er man­u­fac­tur­ers. Well, it does­n’t work the oth­er way around. They test­ed 2 dif­fer­ent charg­ers, but could not fig­ure out the cause. This may be a tech­ni­cal prob­lem, or it may be a phys­i­cal incom­pat­i­bil­i­ty between the design of the watch and charg­ers.

We don’t know which ver­sion of Qi was used in the test, and that mat­ters. Old ver­sions were famous for their incred­i­ble demands: the device had to be charged in one strict­ly defined posi­tion. But last year, the stan­dard received an update and began to sup­port a more flex­i­ble type of charg­ing — res­o­nant. It is less demand­ing and can trans­mit ener­gy over longer dis­tances. It is pos­si­ble that Apple prod­ucts work with a new­er ver­sion of Qi, and Mash­able test­ed with old­er charg­er mod­els, while new­er mod­els might work.

We’ve already seen third-par­ty watch charg­ers in the form of dock­ing sta­tions and exter­nal bat­ter­ies, and it’s log­i­cal to assume that these devices are designed not only for Apple.

Watches at Apple may be the starting point for the widespread introduction of wireless charging


The last few months have been very suc­cess­ful for Qi-charg­ing. Ikea pre­sent­ed a col­lec­tion of fur­ni­ture with built-in wire­less charg­ers — now you can charge your phone by sim­ply plac­ing it on a table or bed­side table. For Apple, the switch to wire­less charg­ers could have a major impact on the entire prod­uct line. Take, for exam­ple, the new Mac­Book, which sur­pris­ing­ly only has one port. If the watch is suc­cess­ful, the next lap­top mod­el may also get wire­less charg­ing. In this case, the only lap­top port will no longer be such a prob­lem. And over time, the iPhone and iPad can also get Qi-charg­ing.

Per­haps Apple’s course is “far from inno­v­a­tive, espe­cial­ly when com­pared to oth­er wire­less charg­ing tech­nolo­gies,” as IHT ana­lyst Ryan Sander­son put it in a press release sent to me after the watch was announced. But he does­n’t need to be inno­v­a­tive. Apple prod­ucts tend to speed up com­pa­nies, tech­nol­o­gy stan­dards, and even entire indus­tries when tak­en to work with them. So at the very begin­ning of the path to mass use, wire­less charg­ing can get a push in the right direc­tion.

Rehabilitation of the so discouraging digital crown: underwater use!


The water resis­tance of the Apple Watch is no secret, it is one of the func­tions of the watch. But when Fone­Fox gave the watch a water test—showering with the watch on your arm, swim­ming in a pool, and sub­merg­ing the device in a buck­et of water—it turned out that the touch­screen did­n’t work under­wa­ter.

For­tu­nate­ly, the dig­i­tal crown copes with this task per­fect­ly, con­firm­ing its own need in watch design. Just do not take this as an offer to arrange such a test your­self.

The watch can measure blood oxygen levels (but won’t)


When iFix­it opened up the 38mm Apple Watch, they dis­cov­ered that the heart rate mon­i­tor could mea­sure not only beats per minute, but also blood oxy­gen lev­els. In med­i­cine, this method is called pulse oxime­try. It helps to mon­i­tor the lev­el of oxy­gen in the blood of an anes­thetized patient dur­ing surgery, as well as when tak­ing med­ica­tion for pul­monary dis­eases and stren­u­ous exer­cise.

Nat­u­ral­ly, this sug­gests cer­tain sports — rock climb­ing, or, remem­ber­ing the water resis­tance of the watch, not very deep div­ing. But here you have to stop. The iFix­it team believes that Apple is not pub­li­ciz­ing this sen­sor due to fed­er­al reg­u­la­tions. Blood oxy­gen mea­sure­ment strad­dles the line between fit­ness and med­i­cine, and the US Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion (FDA) can be quite picky when it comes to issu­ing approvals for med­ical devices.

At the moment, we don’t know if this sen­sor will be used as a ResearchK­it tool in Apple’s research project, or if it’s just a way to please extreme ath­letes. So far, we only know that such a sen­sor exists and it is wait­ing in the wings.

Some parts are easy to replace…


Bat­ter­ies have a lim­it­ed lifes­pan. Most often, it is mea­sured by the num­ber of charge-dis­charge cycles, before the appear­ance of mal­func­tions or com­plete fail­ure. The Apple Watch bat­tery will also run out of time over time. For some watch own­ers, this may be an impe­tus for replac­ing the bat­tery on their own.

So there is good news and bad news. The bat­tery is quite easy to replace your­self, it is held only by a small amount of glue. But first you need to get to it — there is a clock screen on the way. The watch must be heat­ed to soft­en the adhe­sive hold­ing the screen and detach the cables from the dis­play. Based on iFix­it’s expe­ri­ence, this can be quite a chal­lenge.

Oth­er ele­ments of the watch — wires, speak­er, but­tons and Tap­tic Engine, and all their tiny screws can be a prob­lem for far­sight­ed peo­ple, but the task does not look over­whelm­ing. How­ev­er, the clock proces­sor seems to be firm­ly attached.

Please note that attempt­ing to open the watch and repair it your­self will auto­mat­i­cal­ly void the war­ran­ty. Such expe­ri­ences are not for the faint of heart or peo­ple with poor eye­sight. (Watch­mak­ers don’t use a mag­ni­fy­ing glass for noth­ing.)

…and some are not so easy


The S1 “proces­sor” inside the Apple Watch is actu­al­ly a whole sys­tem on a chip that com­bines the proces­sor itself, wire­less anten­nas, mem­o­ry, and sen­sors. Tiny but very pow­er­ful tech­nol­o­gy. Appar­ent­ly, this is the glue that holds it togeth­er.

Few Apple Watch own­ers will look that deep, and judg­ing by iFix­it’s reports, it’s rather a good thing.

Despite the rumors (and hopes) of an upgrad­able prod­uct, the dif­fi­cul­ty of extract­ing the S1 your­self casts seri­ous doubt on the idea of ​​​​just chang­ing the inter­nals.
Unfor­tu­nate­ly, our first glance meets an obsta­cle — the sil­ver lid marked S1 is not a lid at all, but a sol­id block of plas­tic resin that hides all the trea­sures.
So a ful­ly pack­aged S1 sys­tem makes board-lev­el repairs impos­si­ble.

Like conventional watches, the straps will get dirty and deteriorate over time.


The Apple Watch band won’t ever look like this (unless you throw it in a fire), but it won’t stay pret­ty for­ev­er.

Even the great­ness of Apple can­not undo the rules of ele­men­tal chem­istry. The watch is designed to be worn on the hand, so it can­not avoid con­stant con­tact with the skin, espe­cial­ly the strap. You can clean the met­al of your watch, but a leather or flu­o­ro­elas­tomer strap will nev­er look like new again.

There are already thousands of watch apps


Watch wear­ers can already do a ton of things on their wrist: unlock the door to their Star­wood hotel room, read New York Times head­lines, shop, nav­i­gate the street, check in to Foursquare, stay up to date with Expe­dia book­ings, and much, much more.

And if that’s not enough, the IFTTT ser­vice (short for “If This Then That”, “If A, then B” — approx. per.) just released watch ver­sions of the Do But­ton and Do Note apps, giv­ing its users access to 170 oth­er apps. Accord­ing to an IFTTT spokesper­son, “Peo­ple can eas­i­ly launch their favorite ‘recipe’ with a sin­gle tap on their wrist.”

It’s not yet entire­ly clear which of these apps are actu­al­ly use­ful or what exact­ly peo­ple want to do with their wrists, but we can only applaud the devel­op­ers’ will­ing­ness to give us choic­es.

Many accessories are already on sale, and more coming soon


Acces­so­ry mak­ers could­n’t wait for the Apple Watch to come out. Now that the watch is on sale, expect waves of trendy straps, bat­tery straps, strap adapters, stands, dock­ing sta­tions, pow­er banks, bumpers, and even armored cas­es that will also help hide the fact that you bought the cheap­est mod­el. hours. And this is just the begin­ning.

I haven’t seen cas­es yet that can dis­guise an alu­minum watch as gold, but like every­thing watch relat­ed, it’s only a mat­ter of time. [read­write]