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Apple Watch: Price, release date and other key facts to know

Apple Watch will go on sale on April 24, and the company will begin accepting preorders on April 10. The watch will cost $349 on the low end, and far more than that if you're looking for the high-end model.

As we lead up to the launch date for the maker of the iPhone 6 and iPad, here are the latest updates and key things to know, including the price, which iPhones the watch will work with, hot apps to expect, Facebook and social media integration and more.

Do you have any thoughts about the Apple Watch? We'd like to hear from you! Let us know at nwsdy.li/watchsurvey

The watch goes on sale April 24

Apple will start selling its watch on April
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Apple will start selling its watch on April 24. Customers can pre-order the watch on April 10.

It will cost at least $349

The sport model will cost $349 to $399.
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The sport model will cost $349 to $399. The stainless steel model will cost $549 to $1,049. The luxury edition, complete with 18-karat gold, will cost $10,000.

Battery life of 18 hours

Apple CEO Tim Cook said the Apple Watch
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Apple CEO Tim Cook said the Apple Watch battery would last 18 hours between charges. The charger attaches to the back of the watch.

Apple Watch screen and operating system

Apple Watch specifications include a Digital Crown that
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Apple Watch specifications include a Digital Crown that allows for scrolling and zooming-in instead of setting the time; a completely new Watch OS designed for easy access to apps and easy WatchKit creation tools for developers; and a retina display made of polished sapphire. It also features a unique touch screen that distinguishes between a light tap and a deep press for different options and abilities.

One Apple watch, three styles and design

iPhones and iPads have different models; likewise, the
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iPhones and iPads have different models; likewise, the Apple Watch comes in three distinctive styles: the Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Sport and the Apple Watch Edition. The regular model, center, features a stainless steel casing; the sport model, left, is made from lightweight anodized aluminum that's 30 percent lighter than the other models with tailor-made elastic sport bands; and the Edition model with an 18-karat gold casing, leather strap and matching gold buckle.

Activity and Workout app

The Activity app, like many current fitness wearables
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The Activity app, like many current fitness wearables on the market, wants to become your go-to fitness friend. It keeps track of your movements and recommends exercise based on your sitting and commuting habits. A separate Workout app keeps track of your cardio and workout sessions.

Apple Pay: Checkout with your wrist

Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment technology, will also
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Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment technology, will also be available for the Apple Watch, meaning paying for that cup of coffee or new haircut will be as simple as a flick of the wrist.

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram integration

Your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media
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Your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts won't be forgotten with the Apple Watch as notifications and alerts will be available directly on your watch. Check your Facebook notifications, post status updates, send out tweets and comb through your friends' photos right from your wrist.

Knight Rider comes to Apple

After years of Knight Rider imitations and hopes,
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After years of Knight Rider imitations and hopes, you'll finally be able to coordinate with your car to remotely start, lock and more using Viper's SmartStart software with the Apple Watch. Not only can you remotely start your car, but the watch can give step-by-step directions to finding it if you're lost in a parking lot after shopping, and set up predetermined perimeters for parents that will let you know your teen takes the car "out of bounds."

Apple Watch faces dress up time

The Apple Watch does tell time, believe it
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The Apple Watch does tell time, believe it or not. But with access to your iPhone's calendar, contacts, email and schedule, it's more of a personal assistant than a watch. Choose a variety of faces and displays for time, from traditional chronograph to a minimal simple display to a solar clock that follows the sun's position. Set the weather, alarms and stock updates right onto the display.

Apple Maps and directions

Gone are the days of asking for directions
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Gone are the days of asking for directions and pulling out your phone to find out where to go. Apple Maps and other mapping apps will be available for use through the Apple Watch, providing step-by-step directions and location sharing to find your friends immediately.

Share your emojis, sketches and heartbeat

Along with being able to send and receive
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Along with being able to send and receive typical text messages, emails and phone calls, the Apple Watch allows for quick and flashier methods of communication. Thanks to advanced touch capabilities, you can sketch creations on-the-fly and with accuracy, send responsive and animated emojis, and share your heartbeat with an intimate other Apple Watch owner.

iPhone required

Like the majority of smartwatches available, the Apple
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Like the majority of smartwatches available, the Apple Watch cannot operate on its own, meaning a recent-generation iPhone will be required to use it.

Apple Watch: Share your thoughts

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