Apple Watch will not be available in South Africa from 24 April

By now the word Apple Watch will have popped up on your social feed, in a news bulletin or in the paper you read. It was officially launched on Monday 10 March by Apple CEO Tim Cook as the first new device since he has headed up the company and the death of Steve Jobs.

It is more than a smart watch although you could argue that many of the features it offers are already available on other smart watches.

It is designed to be more a fashion piece than a piece of technology which is a hallmark of Apple design.

The basic model looks similar to many of its competitors but the size and price variation of the range and certainly the upper end of the range are pure fashion. Not many smart watches come with and 18-karat gold option that would set you back over R100 000.

The watch works with an iPhone and given the huge number of apps available allows the watch to tap into all those options.

It becomes your principal sensor for motion and health info like your heartbeat as well as allow for new means of connecting your phone to networks around it including for making payments.

It is not so much that there is one killer app that makes the watch a winner, but the way the multitude of options are integrated into the watch will make it a hit with Apple fans and worth a second look for those that are not.

The touchscreen allows for most interactions with a home screen button and a clickable scroll wheel for long lists and menus. Battery life is always an issue but it should last a full day and charges with a magnetic charger.

Apple Watch will drive adoption of wearables because of the Apple ecosystem and the Apple Pay mobile payment platform. The key aspect of the watch is the design element which will appeal to the fashion conscious.”

Aki Anastasiou - tech guru

So why is it a good thing that South Africa will not have access with the first nine countries from 24 April?

It is a new product and despite testing and high build quality there will be bugs. By the time it ships to South Africa, hopefully the bugs will have been patched and if there are hardware issues, they would hopefully have been identified and be in the process of being fixed.

Picture credits: Apple

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