More than 2 years after the launch of Apple Watch, Apple Inc has finally been able to recreate 1940s comic strip technology, an advance that analysts that analysts say will spur sales.
The Apple watch of series 3 gets introduce on Tuesday along with the iPhone X, features wireless connectivity. The Apple Watch features wireless LTE connectivity that allows the consumers to make phone calls or send text messages from the watch without needing to have an iPhone nearby, as they do with earlier models.
The potentiality to make calls with a wristwatch has captured the imagination of tech fans when it was prominently displayed in “Dick Tracy”. It is the comic about a secret detective who, starting in 1946, used calls from his wrist to arrest bad guys.
The chief Operating officer Jeff Williams said at the launch event, “This has been our vision from the beginning. Now you can go for a run with just your watch and still be connected. It’s really nice to know you can be reached if needed”.
Apple claims its new series 3 will have up to 18 hours of battery life and is just a fraction of a millimeter thicker that it’s previous Series 2. And it will have the same phone number as a customer’s iPhone, which will be essential for the initial set up of the watch.
Apple said that all four major U.S. carriers will present service for the watch and AT& T Inc and T-Moblie US Inc said it would cost an extra $10 a month.
The new watch priced at $399 (Rs.25532.01) which a bit expensive compared to the previous model Series 2 priced at $ 329 (Rs.21052.71), which introduced Standalone GPS capability. That extra 70$ buys much more useful capabilities including the ability to stream music from Apple Music.
Although Apple does not mentions how many Apple watches it sells. Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi assumes Apple will sell 12 million watches in its revenue 2017 and 14 million to 15 million in revenue.
Apple is also creating pressure on smartwatch rivals. The new Apple Watch needs an iPhone, which Fitbit believes leaves it ample market room to sell wearable devices that work with all phones, not just iPhones.