The Apple Watch With A Jewish Twist

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Apple Watch is expected to be “the most successful smartwatch ever. Everybody’s talking about this device. We also can’t wait to get our hands on the latest and greatest in wearable technology gadget.

Apple has released details about the Apple Watch in its Spring Forward event 2 days ago. “Apple Watch begins a new chapter in the way we relate to technology and we think our customers are going to love it,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “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.

You can pre-order Apple Watch from the 10th of April. It will be available on Friday, April 24 in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, and Japan.

There will be three ‘editions’ of the Apple Watch: one standard, one for sport and one high-end 18k gold version.

The newest iDevice will have a battery that will last 18 hours prices will start at $349 for the 38-millimeter Sport version, while the larger 42-millimeter size will start at $399. The mid-range stainless steel Apple Watch will start at $549 and $599, with higher prices ranging based on band selection.  High-end Apple Watch Edition will be available in limited quantities, and will carry a $10,000 starting price tag.

The new device, which will have to be connected to an iPhone for many applications, features customisable faces, health and fitness tracking features, allows the sending and receiving of email and the taking of phone calls and much more.

Last year almost 7M smartwatches were sold around the world, with early entrants into the market like Samsung, Pebble and Sony leading the way. However, analysts have predicted that this year Apple could sell anything from 10M to 40M of its Watch alone.

A number of firms have apps ready to go to support the new device.

Can we expect Jewish apps for Apple Watch?

Guys at RustyBrick have already begun designing solutions around the Apple Watch for the Jewish community.

The Apple Watch Jewish app consists of three main components right now (a) Zmanim (Jewish times), (b) Brachot (Jewish blessings) (c) Kosher (finding a kosher place to eat).

Zmanim: When can I pray afternoon services until? Alert me two hours before Shabbat starts. Let me know when I should wake up in order to make the time to pray Krias Shema.

Brachos: Get quick and fast brochot (blessings) on your Apple Watch so you can make a quick blessing before or after you eat a snack or a meal. After you use the bathroom, say the blessing for that. See a rainbow, make a blessing on that.

Kosher: Need a quick bite to eat, check your Apple Watch and either search by closest kosher restaurant to you or dictate a name and the Apple Watch will find it for you. You can initiate walking or driving directions to the restaurant or call and place your order over the phone. Maybe in the future you can do online ordering via your watch.

You can see some screenshots of the apps RustyBrick are designing for Apple Watch below.

 

As RustyBrick’s CEO Barry Schwartz wrote on his blog Apple Watch “has a lot of potential to help improve the quality of life, living as an observant Jew“.

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