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Apple Watch Coming 24 April, Promises 'All-day' Battery Life

Alex Spencer

Apple WatchApple has unveiled the final details of the Apple Watch, and announced the release date of Friday 24 April. The smartwatch will initially be available in nine markets: the UK, the US, Canada, France, Germany, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia.

Perhaps the most vital details revealed at Apple's press event are the Watch's battery life, promised to last 'all day' – up to 18 hours, depending on usage – and the exact pricing structure. The device will be available in two different sizes, 38mm and 42mm, and in three 'collections': Apple Watch Sport, priced at $349 (£230), or $399 for the larger model; Apple Watch, ranging from $549 to $1,099; and the luxury Apple Watch Edition, which will cost upwards of $10,000.

“Apple Watch begins a new chapter in the way we relate to technology and we think our customers are going to love it,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “We can’t wait for people to start wearing Apple Watch to easily access information that matters, to interact with the world, and to live a better day by being more aware of their daily activity than ever before.”

Apple also named some of the apps that will be available for the device, including Instagram, American Airlines, Uber, Twitter and WeChat. These will be available to download or purchase through an Apple Watch App Store app, which is being released on iPhone as part of the iOS 8.2 update.