Apple launches Watch, its digital health breakthrough product

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Apple’s big event has just taken place, with the company announcing the launch of a number of products including new iPhones and a payment system. The most interesting however has to be Watch, the new, well, watch, which is brimming with digital health and body data goodness.

Apple has said that the Watch will be used for connecting to the web, communicating through apps, and for health & fitness. According to ZDnet:

The iWatch contains a health monitor. A number of key hires from the health, medical and fitness fields have been reported over the past year, and the next-generation Apple operating system, iOS 8, is expected to focus on fitness based on the Healthbook application — and so such fitness-based capabilities, as also found in the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, are unsurprising.

Additionally, the gadget contains a custom computing chip, four lenses, and 4 lenses — infrared, LED and photo sensors — as well as pulse detection, a gyroscope and accelerometer. GPS and Wi-Fi capabilities through a paired smartphone can give the user a picture of daily fitness and activity. If used in such a way, the watch can also suggest goals or fitness milestones.

In related news, fitness tracker developer Jawbone revealed Tuesday its intention of opening its platform to rival firms. Users of the UP24 fitness tracker can import data from the iPhone, Fitbit, and Android Wear devices, and a Windows app is on the way. It is likely that the tracker will also be compatible with Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models.

You can pre-order the Watch as well as the new iPhone models this Friday, September 12th and they will be available from next Friday, Sept 19th.

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