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Apple Watch keeps up with the times (pictures)

Apple switches gears with its first-ever wearable device.

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Bringing watches back

Apple joined the wearables war when it unveiled its Watch last September. Now, Apple is back with even more details on its first-ever smartwatch.

Click through the slideshow for more photos of the Apple Watch.

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Pre-order date announced

You can pre-order an Apple Watch beginning April 10.

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Get your sport on

38mm Apple Watch Sport models start at $349 (£299, AU$499); 42mm models will cost an extra $50.

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Even more options

The mid-range Apple Watch is priced from $549 to $1,049, depending on the band and watch face size you choose (£479, AU$799).

The 18K gold Apple Watch Edition starts at $10,000 (£8,000, AU$14,000).

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Apple Watch will travel

Apple Watch will be available globally.

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Apple Watch + iPhone integration

It is compatible with iPhone 5's and up.

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An overview

Visualize the various apps and features all in one place.

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Credit cards are passé

Buy things straight from Apple Watch with Apple Pay.

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Go-go gadget garage!

Use Apple Watch to tap into third-party devices, like your garage door opener.

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Live feed

Keep track of what's happening at home with a connected live video feed.

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The wide world of sports

Curious about the game? You can access the ESPN app from Apple Watch.

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Breaking down barriers

Use Apple Watch to unlock doors.

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Easy Instagram access

Check out Instagram on the Apple Watch.

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Map your route

Plug in directions so you can get from point A to point B.

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Distance remaining

See how much time is left on your commute.

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Forecast

Get a snapshot of the local weather conditions without using your phone.

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Fitness companion

This device can help you track your activity.

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Sitting too long?

If you've been sitting for too long, your watch will let you know.

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Smart sensors

The back of the watch features sensors designed to track your heart rate.

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Stay in touch

Scroll through your list of friends and family to select the person you'd like to contact.

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Choices, choices

From there, you have the option to call, message and more.

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Incoming

Receiving calls looks very similar on an iPhone.

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Say hello

Send a short message.

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Check in on things

You won't need your phone to review messages.

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Battery life

This smartwatch is designed to last up to 18 hours on a single charge.

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Charging ahead

Simply snap the magnetic charger to the back of the watch when it needs a battery-life-boost.

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Buckle up

There are a variety of band materials and color options.

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Side shot

The Apple Watch has a minimal profile.

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Sleek style

The Apple Watch gives the classic timepiece a modern edge.

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All gold everything

The high-end line of the Apple Watch includes this shiny model that's finished in 18K gold.

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Space-worthy leather

The "modern buckle" design features a leather band that, according to Apple, is made of the same material that was used by NASA for the parachute strings which helped land the Mars Rover.

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The competition

The Apple Watch can compete with Samsung's Tizen-based smartwatches, as well as fitness wearables like the Microsoft Band, Basis Peak and Fitbit products.

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Apple Watch features

Not to be outshined by its popular smartphone counterpart, the Apple Watch boasts an innovative set of features, including pulse-tracking sensors and walkie-talkie capabilities.

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Inductive charger

The Apple Watch features an inductive charger, which can be seen in the photo above.

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New twist on a classic style

The link bracelet style can easily be adjusted without any tools; the links can be removed with a simple press of a button.

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Leather and magnets

The leather loop design uses magnets on the band for a secure and slim fit.

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Three collections

Apple is releasing three collections of the Watch, including a more durable Sport line and the high-end edition -- as seen in this photo.

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A finish for everyone

The watches are framed in stainless steel, aluminum, and 18K gold, with some available in a variety of finishes.

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Multiple choice of bands

If choosing between which edition or finish to get isn't enough, there's also a plethora of bands and bracelets to choose from.

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Flexible Retina screens

The flexible touch-screen displays are made of sapphire glass, making them durable and tough.

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Two sizes

The smart watches will come in two sizes to accomodate different wrist sizes.

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Text notifications

It's supposed to alert you to new messages with a "gentle tap."

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Watch out

What do you think of the Apple Watch?

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