- Apple has announced the Apple Watch Series 4, a new version of its best-selling smartwatch.
- The watch has new heart-tracking features, like the ability to take an electrocardiogram, and a larger, nearly edge-to-edge display.
- The Apple Watch Series 4 comes in silver, black, and gold, and starts at $US399.
Apple on Wednesday introduced the Apple Watch Series 4, a brand-new version of its best-selling smartwatch.
The new watch – which Apple announced on stage at its annual iPhone event in Cupertino, California – is an update to last year’s version, the Apple Watch Series 3.
The new watch has new features, like the ability to measure your heart rate with an electrocardiogram, and a hardware redesign that gives it a larger display.
The Apple Watch Series 4 will come in two versions, aluminium or stainless steel, in three colours: gold, silver, and space grey. The GPS, non-cellular 40mm versions start at $599; 44mm versions start at $649.
The GPS + cellular 40mm versions start at $749; 44mm versions start at $799.
Here’s a rundown of the specs:
- A nearly edge-to-edge display – Apple says the screen is 30% larger than previous versions.
- Two new, larger sizes: 40mm and 44mm.
- New watch faces, including one with up to eight customisable complications, or special features.
- A digital crown now with haptic feedback.
- A speaker that’s 50% louder, meaning it’s better for making phone calls and using the Siri voice assistant.
- A back now made from ceramic and crystal, meaning radio waves can pass through the front and back for better cellular reception.
- A new S4 chip.
- A faster 64-bit processor.
- A new accelerometer and gyroscope that let the watch detect falls.
- New heart-rate tracking, including a new low-heart-rate notification and atrial-fibrillation detection.
- Built-in sensors that let you take an electrocardiogram, or ECG. Apple says it has received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for its heart-rate-tracking features.
- Water-resistance and built-in GPS, like the Apple Watch Series 3.
- 18 hours of battery life.
- Apple’s new smartwatch operating system, watchOS 5.
The Apple Watch Series 4 will go on sale on Friday and be available September 21. WatchOS 5 will be available on Monday.
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