As rumors have it, Apple has just introduced its new generation of smartwatches: the Apple Watch Series 6. This is its high-end model and, while maintaining the design lines of its predecessors, Apple has updated it internally to add some health-related features and sensors.
The company has introduced a SpO2 sensor that, as in other health-related devices, is capable of measuring the blood oxygen level. According to Apple, the watch is capable of performing a blood oxygen test in as little as 15 seconds.
Apple Watch Series 6 Features
|Box||40 or 44 mm|
|Screen||Always-on retina display|
GPS + cellular
|Sensors||SpO2 heart rate sensor|
|Battery||Up to 18 hours|
GPS + cellular: $499
The Apple Watch now measures the level of oxygen in the blood
The main new feature of the Apple Watch Series 6 is the SpO2 sensor, also known as a pulse oximeter. This sensor uses four sets of green, red, and infrared LEDs, as well as four photodiodes from the back of the watch. The watch measures the light reflected from the blood and uses an algorithm that measures the level of oxygen in the blood. The measurement can be done manually or periodically in the background while the user is wearing the watch.
Inside the watch is an Apple Silicon S6 SiP processor based on the A13 of the iPhone 11 Pro which, according to Apple, is 20% faster and offers a range of up to 18 hours. It also has a U1 chip and ultra-wideband antennas which, in the words of the company, “will allow you to do new things, like opening your car with digital keys”. Apple has also improved the charging speed, which is now completed in an hour and a half.
On the other hand, the Apple Watch Series 6 mounts an Always-on Retina Display that is 2.5 times brighter than the Apple Watch Series 5 Display, although Apple has clarified that only when the user is not lifting the wrist much. As an additional novelty, users will be able to access the notification and control center, touch screen complications, and change dials without having to turn the screen on completely.
Speaking of new features, Apple has not forgotten about sport and has added to the Apple Watch Series an ever-active altimeter. This will be able to measure the unevenness by relying on GPS and nearby WiFi networks. The firm has said that the sensitivity of the clock is high enough to detect changes of up to 30 centimeters above and below ground level.
As for the operating system, Apple introduced WatchOS 7 quite some time ago and, as expected, its new watch will be running it for the first time. In addition to the maximum VO2 measurement, sleep tracking, and new types of training, Apple has introduced Family Settings. This is a feature that allows users to access the clock’s functions without an iPhone, something designed to allow children to use an Apple Watch without having an iPhone as a personal mobile.
It also comes in more colors
Apple has confirmed that the watch will arrive in several colors, such as the classic black, but also in blue, red (PRODUCT RED), and gold. It is, in Apple’s words, “the most colorful Apple Watch” they have launched so far. The device is still made of aluminum, only now it is 100% recycled, as the company has assured. It still has a side button and a crown with haptic feedback to interact with menus and apps.
There are also new features in the straps, which will now be available in a “Solo Loop” version, that is, without a clasp. It is like a kind of silicone and non-adjustable braided fiber bracelet that will be available in different sizes and colors. There are also leather straps, one of which is much thinner than usual. The company knows that straps are important for Apple Watch users and have not wanted to let the opportunity pass without renewing them.
Speaking of customizing the watch, Apple has announced new “contextual” watch faces, such as one related to the photograph that shows the beginning of the golden hour or one that specializes in swimming. To these, we must add those included in WatchOS 7 (Stripes, Chronograph Pro, GMT, and Artist) and the XL cover for seniors.
Versions and price of the Apple Watch Series 6
The Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS) is available from $399 and the Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS + Cellular) is available for $499. Along with the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple has also introduced the Apple Watch SE, which sacrifices premium features to get a more affordable price. Both will be available from September 18th.
- Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS): from $399.
- Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS+Cellular): from $499.