Apple Watch (1st generation)

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This page is about the first generation Apple Watch. For a list of all Apple Watches, see List of Apple Watches.

Apple Watch

This is the Apple Watch (1st generation), a smartwatch that was first introduced by Tim Cook at Apple's "Wish we could say more" keynote on 9 March 2015. Internally, the watch is referred to as N27aAP (Watch1,1 - 38mm) or N28aAP (Watch1,2 - 42mm).

Application Processor

This device uses the new Apple S7002 (S1) processor which is based on the ARMv7k (32-bit) architecture.

Specifications

  • RAM: 512 MiB
  • BCM4334 Wi-Fi chip from Broadcom
  • NAND size: 8 GiB; roughly 2 GB are for songs and 75 MB for photos.
  • Display: Retina.
  • Screen: Sapphire crystal (Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition) or Strengthened Ion-X glass (Apple Watch Sport)
  • Compatibility: iOS 8.2 or later running on an iPhone 5 or newer

Operating System

The Apple Watch runs a slimmed down version of iOS 8. The user interface is managed by "Carousel" (instead of Springboard). Most frameworks are replaced with "Nano" equivalents.

Variations

  • Apple Watch
  • Apple Watch Sport
  • Apple Watch Edition

Third-party applications

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Third-party applications are supported through the WatchKit API. However, in order to save battery and allow a less powerful processor, applications are "run" on the phone and streamed to the Watch over Bluetooth. iOS 8.2 (and up) comes with a dedicated "Watch" app to perform the initial pairing and download third-party "Watch apps".

Announced third-party apps include (but are not limited to):

  • American Airlines (B06)
  • BMW
  • City Mapper (E10)
  • Comedy Central (A04)
  • Facebook
  • HoneyWell (B07)
  • Lutron (C07)
  • Major League Baseball (C10)
  • Nike+
  • Pinterest (D07)
  • Starwood Hotels (C02)
  • Twitter (A07)
  • Yahoo (D06)

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