You can’t get an Apple Watch until April 24th. But that doesn’t mean you can’t pretend to have its fine metals rubbing your naked wrist right now.
By printing out a tiny piece of paper and downloading an app, a horrible render of the Apple Watch will appear on your wrist like magic.
The instructions are simple: print this PDF and scan the QR code on your iPhone with one of the many QR readers in the App Store. It will prompt you to download a viewfinder “ARWatch” app that does the augmented reality.
It’s not in the App Store, but we tried it and it’s safe to use.
Now take the paper cut out and place it on your wrist. Hold your iPhone’s camera up with the app open, and there you go. An Apple Watch. You can change out the bands by tapping the screen.
Even though it’s clearly fake, the effect works surprisingly well. You can zoom in and move the camera around the little piece of paper while maintaining the 3D look of the Watch. The whole thing is a parlor trick at best and a strange way to imagine owning an Apple Watch at worst.
Unfortunately you can only simulate the cheapest Sport model, not the stainless steel one or the I’m-richer-than-you Edition. Have fun pretending!