ACCESSIBILITY IMPLICATIONS OF APPLE WATCH EVENT
Apple unveiled its first smartwatch on Tuesday. The move was hotly anticipated, as Apple enters a competitive and rapidly expanding market.
People have been speculating about it for over a year, but Apple has finally unveiled its first foray into wearable technology. The Apple Watch (yep, not the iWatch), is an Apple-made smartwatch that was shown off during Apple's 9 September iPhone 6 event, with a new dial called the crown, close integration with iCloud and Siri and a flexible sapphire display. The new watches will be available starting in early 2015, "Apple introduced the world to several category-defining revolutionary product that can enrich people's lives. products, the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad,"
Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the Apple Watch, and a brand new ApplePay tap-to-pay system to replace credit cards. Separately and together there are enormous accessibility implications for these announcements.
Here’s what I’ve put together sofar …
Firstly, I’m not going to list everything that was announced – for that you can watch the recording of the lifestream or read The 15 Most Important Announcements From The Apple Watch iPhone 6 Event. I’m just going to talk about the things that are relevant to accessibility in some way.
Lastly we have the Apple Watch, not due for release until early 2015, and a device that has left us with more accessibility questions than accessibility answers at the moment.
We know how it will charge (but not how long it will stay charged)
Users will learn a new language of watch vibrations
The iPhones that the Apple watch will work with is
IPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, plus, iPhone 6
To learn more in detail about the Apple watch please go to the link below.