Try Out the Apple Watch with New iPhone App
Once again, Apple has an app for that, and in this case, the “that” is helping potential buyers try out options for the new Apple Watch that makes its official debut today. Before trying to schedule an appointment at your local Apple Store or placing your order online, you can audition various combinations of watch sizes, cases and bands with the Apple Watch app.
The app, which was released on Wednesday, requires an iPhone 5 or newer running at least iOS 8.2. (Of course, if you don’t have one, you won’t be needing that Apple Watch anyway.) Apple Watch allows to user to view 54 different configurations. Choices include sizes of 38mm or 42mm, and Sport, Apple Watch or Edition models. If your iPhone isn’t new enough to run the app, actual-size cases may also be viewed via the Apple Store App for Mac computers.
The lowest-priced Apple Watch, the Sport version, accounts for 10 of those configurations with two choices of case color, two sizes and five bands. The gray case comes with a black band while the silver case offers a choice of white, pink, blue or green synthetic rubber bands. Prices are $349 or $399 according to case size.
There are 20 configurations for the regular version of the Apple Watch with stainless steel case in 38mm or 42mm. The same band as the Sport model in black or white is available along with more expensive options like a link bracelet, Milanese loop and three choices of leather bands. Prices range from $549 to $1,099.
The Edition has eight configurations that include two sizes, with your choice of the standard black or white bands or a leather band. Prices for the Edition start at $10,000 and go up to $17,000.
Extra bands are available starting at $49 for the Sport band to $449 for a link bracelet.