Apple Watch available from 24 April

New device to be available in nine countries

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Apple Watch available from 24 April Cook: "Apple Watch begins a new chapter in the way we relate to technology and we think our customers are going to love it". (JOSH EDELSON/Getty Images)
By  Helen Gaskell Published  March 10, 2015

Apple has announced that the newest addition to its ecosystem, the Apple Watch will be available on Friday, April 24 to customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US.

Apple Watch, which enables users to send messages, read email and answer calls to their iPhone from their wrist is available for pre-order from the Apple Online Store on Friday, April 10, and will be available for preview in Apple retail stores in those countries.

"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."

Apple Watch introduces revolutionary technologies including the Digital Crown, which allows wearers to scroll, zoom and navigate fluidly without obstructing the display. The Retina display with Force Touch on Apple Watch senses the difference between a tap and a press, providing access relevant controls; and the all-new Taptic Engine discreetly delivers a gentle tap on the wrist to alert notifications or messages.

"Conceived, designed and developed as a singular product, Apple Watch merges hardware and software like never before," said Jony Ive, Apple's senior vice president of Design. "In Apple Watch, we've created three beautifully curated collections with a software architecture that together enable unparalleled personalisation in a wearable device."

Apple Watch features specialised functions on the watch face-known in watchmaking as complications-such as the sunrise/sunset, upcoming calendar events or daily activity level and keeps time to within 50 milliseconds of UTC, the universal time standard.

There is no confirmation yet of when Apple Watch will be available in the UAE.

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