Apple has updated its smartwatch with a brand new model and a renewed focus on health and fitness.
The tech giant’s new wrist computer had been well leaked ahead of time, but was still greeted with whoops and cheers when it was finally announced.
You’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between the Series 4 and last year’s Series 3, but there have been a few distinct upgrades.
For starters, it’s now got a red ring on the digital crown button rather than just a solid red dot.
The Apple Watch Series 4 can be recognised by the red ring on its crown (Image: Apple)Apple has also changed up the sizings for this new version. It’s jumping from 38mm and 42mm watch sizes to 40mm and 44mm variants. Part of the reason is to account for the increase in screen size and screen resolution to 384 x 480 pixels.
There’s a slight reduction in bezels although Apple states that the watch casing is actually slightly thinner than the last version.
To complement the new design are a bunch of different faces that seem to cram on even more information. Whether you’re looking to maximise fitness or need to have several time zones on your wrist at the same time, Apple says it’s got you covered.
After 3 generations of evolutionary products, new Apple Watch is first big update we’ve seen. Adds bigger screen, improved usability & some impressive health features. Bound to spark wave of upgrades by customers with original Series 1 or Series 2 devices. #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/6OWSDGjlwr
— Ben Wood (@benwood) September 12, 2018
Inside is a new 64-bit dual-core processor that Apple calls the ‘S4’ chip and says is twice as fast as the previous wristwatch.
Although the Series 3 Apple Watch shipped with 768MB of RAM, the Series 4 Watch steps things up to 1GB of RAM.
There’s also a new accelerometer and gyroscope inside that Apple says can automatically detect when you fall – something Apple points to as a major cause of accidents around the world.
Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, speaks about the Apple Watch Series 4 at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)‘Identifying a fall may sound like a straightforward problem, but it requires a tremendous amount of data and analysis,’ said Jeff Williams, the company’s chief operating officer.
‘We learned that with falls, there is a repeatable data pattern.’
‘Fall Detection is a feature we hope you’ll never need, but it’s nice to know it’s there.’
Apple COO Jeff Williams reveals the ECG feature for the Apple Watch Series 4What the company is particularly proud of this time around is that there’s an electrocardiogram built into the device.
On the back of the Series 4 are electrodes that detect electrical impulses from your heart and send them to the processing chip. Apple says it takes about 30 seconds and the watch will give you a heart rate analysis.
If you’ve bought a bunch of bands for an earlier version of the Apple Watch, then they’ll all work with the Series 4.
Jeff Williams talks about the Apple Watch Series 4 (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Prices for the new Apple Watch Series 4 start at $399 for just the GPS version and go up to $499 if you want the GPS and cellular version. Apple says it’ll be available to pre-order this Friday and will ship on September 21.
The company also says it’s dropping the price of the Series 3 to $279 immediately. Which is nice.
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