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

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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…

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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)

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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

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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!

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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)

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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…

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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

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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.
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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.

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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

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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

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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]