Your Apple Watch Questions Will Be Answered Today

Set your watch for 1pm ET
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2015 7:42 AM CDT
In this Sept. 9, 2014, file photo, the new Apple Watch is modeled during a media event in Cupertino, Calif.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

(Newser) – The past week's Apple Watch buzz fell largely into the "it'll flop" and "we're disinterested" categories. Apple will do its best to reverse the sentiment with a 1pm ET press event today, which you can live-stream here (note: Safari 5.1.10 is apparently required). The burning questions that should be answered:

  • When can I buy it? So far, we just broadly know it'll launch in April.
  • What's the cost? While the base price for the basic model has been previously revealed as $349, USA Today predicts most people will pay at least $500 after purchasing a "step-up band" (there are "interchangeable" watch straps, explains the New York Times). There are three models, and USA Today expects a consumer going all-in (and getting the 18-karat gold option) will pay as much as $10,000. For comparison, the paper notes Apple's current costliest product, a "tricked out" Mac Pro, is $4,000.

  • How good or bad is the battery? And how many times a day will it have to be charged? Can it be used heavily throughout a workday without it dying? This is a big one.
  • What apps will it have? Expect a lot more here.
  • What buzzword should I know? "Digital crown." That's what Apple is calling the dial you turn to navigate the device. The Times says Apple is framing it as a "signature innovation ... similar to the mouse pointer for the personal computer, the click wheel on the iPod, and the touch screen for the iPhone."
  • Is there anything historic about today's event? "Historic" may be a bit of a stretch, but the Apple Watch marks Apple's first new significant product launch since the iPad (2010), and the first one being launched without Steve Jobs.
  • How much should I care? Totally subjective, but maybe a little less if you're not an iPhone user—the AP notes you will need an iPhone 5 or later model "in close proximity for full functionality."

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