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So…What Does The Apple Watch Actually Do?

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The Apple Watch looks to be much more than just an activity tracker.

But if you were hoping to go for a run without your iPhone, you might be disappointed.

Apple held its annual fall unveiling of new products Tuesday in Cupertino, California. It rolled out the latest iPhones—the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus—with bigger screens (4.7 and 5.5 inches, respectively), faster processors, and the ability to complete transactions using just your phone (VISA, MasterCard, and American Express are aboard, so this doesn’t replace your credit card as much as extend it). The service is called Apple Pay. If nothing else, Apple doesn’t waste its money concocting wild names for its new products.

Which brings us to Apple Watch, the long-awaited and much-speculated-upon smartwatch that is expected to set the uncertain landscape for electronic “wearables” a-trembling.

Let’s start with the basics: The Apple Watch will be available in early 2015 and the price will start at USD350. There will be three styles (a standard, a sporty, and an 18k gold premium). It will require an iPhone 5 or 6. It will serve as a notifications centre, an activity tracker and a health monitor.

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Good luck operating your smartwatch without bringing along your iPhone. (Photo credit: IBN Live)

Annoyingly, the Apple Watch will not have its own GPS functionality. So if you want to map out your route when running, hiking, or cycling, your iPhone is going to have to come along for the ride.

That said, the device will bring sophisticated motion sensors, a heart rate monitor, and a plethora of new apps designed to help you set, track, and accomplish fitness goals. Plus, third-party developers who have contributed to the million-plus library of iOS apps will be granted access to this new platform with instructions to amaze us.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus go on sale September 19. The 6 starts at USD199, the 6 Plus at USD299. If you have an iPhone but aren’t in the market for a new one, the latest operating system, iOS 8, will be released on September 17.MYNEWSHUB/MEN’S HEALTH

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