Apple has been known for its technological innovation ever since it introduced the iPhone back in 2007. So when the company released its highly anticipated Apple Watch this month, Apple junkies and techies alike paid close attention. A wearable mini-computer on your wrist? Sign me up!
Apple has designed a specific model of Apple watch–Apple Watch Sport–that is specifically for the fitness junky and sport enthusiasts alike. Its strengthened Ion-X glass, lightweight anodized aluminum casing and durable bands should make it comfortable while going on a morning jog, running a marathon, or participating in that two-a-day practice. The sport watch is also water resistant, with an IPX7 rating, which means that you don’t have to worry about your sweat affecting the device (although I wouldn’t go for a swim or take a shower with it).
If you have a iPhone or iPod touch, you probably already work out with it strapped to your arm and have Nike+ tracking all your workouts. So why shell out a couple hundred bucks for the Watch Sport? It really comes down to preference. Apples Watch Sport has its own health apps that can monitor movement, estimate calorie burn and even monitor your heart rate (Watch Sport also supports Nike+, for those who like to stick with what they know). You can sync specific workout routines and sessions back to a hub app on your iPhone for later review, as well analyze your workout and see if you’re improving on goals you set for yourself. The best part is its accessibility. Having all that information and tech at the turn of your wrist can motivate you to pick up the pace or to track and monitor your calories and heart rate as you work out.
But, as Apple notes on its website: “Fitness isn’t just about running, biking, or hitting the gym. It’s also about being active throughout the day. So Apple Watch measures all the ways you move, such as walking the dog, taking the stairs, or playing with your kids. It even keeps track of when you stand up, and encourages you to keep moving. Because it all counts. And it all adds up.”
The Apple Watch isn’t the only smart watch out on the market; Samsung has its Gear watch and Google has its Android wear devices. What makes Apple’s watch stand out–and what Apple has always done well–is the seamless integration between hardware and operating systems to be easy to use and to work across each of Apple’s devices. Imagine coaches being able to monitor their players’ workouts from the information on their Apple Watches and have it synced with a central iPads. They would be able to tailor workouts for their players or see if they are actively meeting the goals that have been set for them.
The Apple Watch Sport may very well soon be the must-have gadget for those active individuals who train and monitor their health with the vast information that the Apple Watch Sport is able to record and provide literally at your finger tips. If nothing else, it’s a pretty sleek and cool looking gadget that is sure to turn heads at the gym, on the track or simply on the train to work.