Updated 08:09 AM EST, Fri, Jan 21, 2022

Apple Watch Release Date, Specs & Features: $5K a Fair Price? Will You Buy?

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Dubbed to be Apple's "most personal device yet," the Apple Watch continues to spark interest, most specially that its details are expected to arrive on Monday's "Spring Forward" event. In a recent dialogue with the Financial Times, Jonathan Ive, senior vice president of design, explained the rigorous process surpassed by the highly-anticipated wearable.

"Even now, when the design of the Apple Watch is incredibly mature and has gone through thousands and thousands of hours of evaluation and testing, we're still working and improving," Ive expressed.

As the air smells of the wearable's impending release, interested buyers would naturally think of its price. The Apple Watch could come in different selling points, as it's branded in three different collections: Standard, Sport and Edition.

Design-wise, each collection comes with its own unique character. Just as how the earlier iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c crafted their personalities, the distinct faces of the Apple Watch are expected to address the customers' many lifestyles.

Needless to say, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is known for the creation of products that give users a "premium feel." But on top of such, specifications and features included, every Apple device comes with a price.

As told by MacRumors, it has been claimed that the anodized aluminum Apple Watch Sport and stainless steel Apple Watch are both starting at $349. However, according to 9to5Mac, this pricing reference is confirmed to be "a misinterpretation."

MacRumors also cited speculations, which have put the stainless steel Apple Watch at a starting point of "at least $499."

It may be safe to say that the Edition collection sells most expensively, considering the kind of material fused into such convenient, smart device. Apparently, the Edition model in 18ct yellow or rose gold is touted to sell "around $4,500," the Financial Times noted.

CNET even noted that there are estimates that place the model at a base $5,000 price range.

From our earlier report, word along the grapevine had it that the same Edition model will retail for a much slimmer price of $1,200. Such whopping cost of $5,000 is still best taken with a pinch of salt -- or golden powder, perhaps.

The fact that Ive has spoken about the device's "thousands and thousands" of hours of assessment, users could also pay thousands of bucks.

In another article, 9to5Mac wrote that the Apple Watch is set to hit international markets by April. Germany is among Tim Cook's confirmed destinations, while the outlet predicted that the U.S. gets the wearable in "early April."

The device is expected to work with the iPhone 5 or higher, CNET noted. In terms of health features, it's pegged to have the ability of monitoring heart rates, encouraging metabolic targets, running a special rewards system and reminding users to get enough exercise.

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