Apple Watch Sport vs. Apple Watch Edition vs. Regular Apple Watch : What's The Difference?

In an interesting - and perhaps surprising - turn of events, the Cupertino company today announced three versions of its much-awaited - previously unveiled - Apple Watch.

"Apple Watch begins a new chapter in the way we relate to technology and we think our customers are going to love it. 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," shared Mr. Tim Cook, Apple's current CEO.

"Conceived, designed and developed as a singular product, Apple Watch merges hardware and software like never before," said Mr. Jony Ive, Senior Vice President of Design at Apple. "In Apple Watch, we’ve created three beautifully curated collections with a software architecture that together enable unparalleled personalization in a wearable device."

Apple Watch Sport,  Apple Watch Edition, Plain Apple Watch
Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch Edition, and 'Regular' Apple Watch, respectively.

Apple Watch is available in two different sizes, 38 mm and 42 mm, and in three distinct collections: Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch Edition, and the regular or standard Apple Watch. All of which have practically the same software and hardware specifications but they are unique from each other when it comes to the materials used in their construction.

Apple Watch Sport
Prices = $349 USD (38 mm) and $399 USD (42mm)

Apple Watch Sport

Apple Watch Sport features a lightweight anodized aluminum case in silver and space gray with a Retina display protected by strengthened Ion-X glass and matching high-performance fluoroelastomer Sport Band in five colors.

Apple Watch Edition
Price Starts at $10,000 USD

Apple Watch Edition

Apple Watch Edition features cases specially crafted from custom rose or yellow 18-karat gold alloys developed to be twice as hard as standard gold, a Retina display protected by polished sapphire crystal and a choice of uniquely designed straps and bands with 18-karat gold clasps, buckles or pins.

'Standard' Apple Watch
Prices Range from $549 USD to $1,099 USD Depending on Size and Strap Material

Apple Watch

The standard Apple Watch features highly polished stainless steel and space black stainless steel cases with a Retina display protected by sapphire crystal. The Apple Watch collection comes with a choice of three different leather straps, a stainless steel link bracelet and Milanese loop, and a black or white Sport Band.

All three variants of the Apple Watch will be available starting on April 24, 2015 to customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US. Apple Watch - which can pair with the iPhone via 'partner' applications and has a battery life of around 18 hours with regular use - is an incredibly accurate timepiece, an intimate and immediate communication device and a groundbreaking health and fitness companion. Highly customizable for personal expression, Apple Watch also brings an entirely new way to receive information at a glance and interact with the world through third-party app experiences designed specifically for the wrist.

According to the world's leading electronics company as of Q1 2015, "Apple Watch introduces revolutionary [patented] technologies including the Digital Crown, an innovative way 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 a new way to quickly and easily access relevant controls. The all-new Taptic Engine discreetly delivers a gentle tap on your wrist whenever you receive a notification or message."