It has long since been known that Apple Watch will communicate with traditional iOS devices by means of a companion app, and now, for the first time, we can take a look at said app’s icon. It’s bold, dark, and fairly simple, and if you want to check it out, then join us after the leap!

Apple prides itself on an effortless, “it just works” motif in everything it does, and so even before the reports began to arise, we suspected that the company would be building a centralized, one-stop portal for all Apple Watch-related communications. Now, as per a tweet by 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman, we can feast our eyes on the app’s icon, and while it’s nothing particularly exciting, it does make Tim Cook’s April launch suggestion for the wearable seem a little more real.

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Apple Watch arrived in a blaze of glory alongside the iPhone 6 back in September, and despite being in the knowledge that the product wouldn’t be launching until this year, onlookers remained somewhat detracted from the main event of the smartphone launch. With horophiles and tech critics having lined up to heap praise on a product that has only been tested by a select few, there’s a genuine feeling that Apple is onto something big, and for those in ownership of a compatible iPhone who’re planning to buy an Apple Watch, the icon you see before you will soon grace your handset’s home screen.

With over 30 different varieties ranging from the bog-standard to luxurious configurations comprised in such materials as rose gold, Apple has clearly put a lot of thought into the Apple Watch line-up, and while it’s certainly too early to make any major calls, one strongly suspects that vendors of competing smartwatches will have their work well and truly cut out.

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Meanwhile iOS 8.2, which today spawned its fifth beta, will be a necessary update for all prospective Apple Watch owners, since it’ll contain the features required for integration with the wrist computer.

The delay between announcement and release may not have been planned, but in some ways, has worked in Apple’s favor. Consumers who mightn’t have purchased two new products at once will not need to choose between buying Apple Watch or upgrading their iPhone hardware, since most would have done the latter already, and following some very impressive quarterly sales figures, who’d bet against the company breaking some more records in 2015?

(Source: Mark Gurman)

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