The most drool-worthy object of the last 15 seconds is the Apple Watch. The company that brought us the iMac, iPod, iPhone and Jony Ive explaining how Apple Gold is better than regular ol' peasant gold just held a special event Monday to let us livestream directly into late capitalism. There will be three models of the Apple Watch, ranging in price from $349 for the Sport to $17,000 for that fancy gold. Lists are already circulating detailing which apps will be ready to go when the watch debuts April 24 in the U.S. Luckily for techy skiers and snowboarders, the first wave of apps will include Slopes, a $7.99 ski app that is already available for the Pebble smart watch.
In conjunction with other Day-1 apps from American Airlines, Expedia, and Trip Advisor, Apple Watch owners will essentially be able to plan their entire ski trip from their shiny new device.
Slopes is a ski-tracking app that measures vertical drop, speed, and distance and has earned some early buzz from being vocal about its planned support for Apple Watch. We don't have first-hand experience with the app, but the ability to see live stats and pause the tracking without digging around for our phones does seem appealing. To our knowledge, it's the only ski tracking app that has publicized its intent to be ready when the Apple Watch hits wrists across the globe, but there are a number of larger, better-known ski tracking apps that could hustle to be ready by late April. At that point, the ski season will be wrapping up here in North America, but we assume that anyone who drops $10,000 on Jony Ive's special gold doesn't mind doing some field testing in Portillo.
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