Apple Watch: 11 things you need to know

All the most important facts about Apple's first wearable tech device
Apple Watch: 11 things you need to know

The Apple iWatch is dead – long live the Apple Watch! Apple’s “one more thing” at its special launch event turned out to be its first piece of wearable technology – and it’s quite the stunner.

So without further ado, here are the main things you need to know about the Apple Watch.

1. There are three Apple Watches, not just one

It's the magic number, you know

Pay attention, folks. There’s the Apple Watch (made of stainless steel); the Apple Watch Sport (made of aluminium); and the Apple Watch Edition (made of 18-carat gold, no less). And there are two different sizes for each, as well as a huge selection of different, easy-to-connect straps.

2. It requires an iPhone

You'll need an iPhone if you want an Apple Watch

This should come as no great surprise, but the Apple Watch will act as a companion device only to Apple products. At launch, that’ll be the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. No iPads. They’ll connect via Bluetooth 4.0 (there's Wi-Fi on board, too).

3. The screen is sapphire – and super-sensitive

Use the Force Touch, Luke!

The iPhone 6 may not have got the supremely tough and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass screen we’d been hoping for, but the Watch did. It’s a touchscreen with a difference: it can detect force as well as mere touch. That means you can tap to select something, or press harder for what Apple calls “Force Touch” – it’s a bit like the right button on a mouse and will be used to quickly access certain functions, depending on the context.