Apple is known for its attention to detail — the company prides itself on it.
That’s evident when you look at a product like the MacBook Air or the iPhone, but it’s bound to be an even deal with the Apple Watch.
That’s because the Apple Watch, unlike Apple’s other products, is made to be visible and worn rather than tucked away inside your pocket.
So it’s not surprising to learn that Apple went to great lengths to make sure its Apple Watch feels more like a timepiece than a gadget.
Here are some surprising facts about how the Apple Watch was made and its materials that show Apple’s attention to detail.
For the Watch Edition models, Apple made a new type of gold alloy that it says is twice as hard as standard alloys.
The Apple Watch's Modern Buckle is made of the same material NASA used to make the landing airbags for the Mars Rover spacecraft.
Apple made stainless steel even harder through a cold forging process. The result is a new material that's 80% more durable than regular stainless steel.
It took Apple's industrial design chief Jony Ive a whole year to decide that the watch's straps should click into slots.
To make the Sport edition, Apple heats a type of ceramic called Zarconia at 2,640 degrees Fahrenheit. That's hotter than lava, which can reach temperatures of 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit according to LiveScience.
The glass covering the Sport Edition's screen is the same type of glass used for the windows of high speed trains and space shuttles.
Apple made a new type of display for the watch that uses blacks that are deeper than those in the iPhone's screen to make images more vivid.
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