The Apple Watch 6 is official, and it is the company’s sixth-generation smartwatch that launched alongside a brand new cheaper various – the Apple Watch SE – and a flurry of new iPad products.
There wasn’t an iPhone 12, however as a substitute, we obtained the iPad Air 4 and a brand new cheaper iPad in addition to new providers like Apple One and Apple Health Plus. The Apple Watch 6 is designed to be the final word wrist companion to trace your health, well being and simply be a helpful accent to your iPhone as effectively.
Beneath, we’ll take you thru all of the core particulars of the Apple Watch 6 including specs and updates that Apple has revealed at its huge occasion.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next wearable from Apple
- When is it out? Pre-orders now, out Friday, September 18
- What will it cost? From $399 / £379 / AU$599
Apple Watch 6 release date and price
The Apple Watch 6 was unveiled on the company’s Time Flies event on September 15, 2020, which was a live-streamed virtual event due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
You’re able to pre-order the Apple Watch 6 from today, and the smartwatch will be out on Friday, September 18.
The Apple Watch 6 will start at $399 / £379 / AU$599 for the 40mm version, and the 44mm version begins at $429 / £409 / AU$649. If you want an LTE-ready watch, the 40mm starts at $499 / £479 / AU$749 with the 44mm starting at $529 / £509 / AU$799.
Apple Watch 6 design and display
Do not expect the Apple Watch 6 to look all that different to the Apple Watch 4 or Apple Watch 5. The corporate is conserving the identical design ethos for the Apple Watch 6, however, there are some changes when it comes to colors out there.
It now includes a new blue aluminum case as well as a gold model of the stainless steel variant. There’s additionally a black graphite variant, and a red version for the first time.
It’ll be available in both 44mm and 40mm sizes like the last couple of Apple Watch generations too.
The always-on display is again, and it’s been improved for the Apple Watch 6. Apple says the always-on mode is 2.5x brighter than previously, which should make it easier to see in numerous lighting situations.
Plus, you may access the Notification Heart, Control Heart, change watch faces, and tap on issues from the always-on show, without having to totally wake the watch.
Apple also announced a variety of new band sorts, including new colours for current straps. There are two new band types known as the Solo Loop and the Braided Solo Loop, each of which haven’t got clasps, allowing you to stretch the band over your wrist.
Apple Watch 6 fitness
There’s a new well-being sensor in the watch that allows you to monitor your blood oxygen ranges. All of it works through the Blood Oxygen app, which may take a studying inside 15 seconds.
The watch can also take background readings, so you can get outcomes whilst you sleep or all through the day. These outcomes will assist you to look out for low blood oxygen ranges, which might be a sign of underlying well-being issues.
There does not appear to be rather more in the way in which of the latest health features on the Apple Watch itself, but you may get all the present features and exercises that you have seen on earlier smartwatches from the corporate.
Apple Watch 6 power and battery
Apple has included a new S6 processor in the smartwatch, which is up to 20% faster than the Watch 5’s chipset.
On prime of that, Apple also claims you get 18 hours of battery life (the same because the Apple Watch 5) however with sooner charging, letting you juice it up in under 1.5 hours.
There’s additionally an always-on altimeter on the brand new smartwatch, which offers you with real-time elevation data throughout your day. Apple says it will even detect small elevation modifications right down to a measurement of one foot.
Apple also quietly revealed another feature, however solely in the watch-wide characteristic unfold rounding up the Apple Watch 6’s capabilities (above). Discover within the prime left nook, the U1 Ultra Wideband – that is a chip that appeared within the iPhone 11 vary that is rumored for use within the anticipated (yet unconfirmed) Apple AirTags.
This Apple equipment will supposedly use the ultra-wideband frequency as a short-range yet exact communication normal for finding the Tile-like AirTags, which you may supposedly connect to units you do not need to lose, which is able to seem in the Find My apps on iPhones – and, apparently, Apple Watch 6.
Apple Watch 6 software
In fact, the Apple Watch 6 will also include a new model of the company’s software on board, particularly watchOS 7, which was unveiled again in June 2020.
With new workouts, streamlined issues, sleep monitoring, hand washing monitoring, and extra, there’s so much planned.
Sleep monitoring is perhaps the most important update here, and means that the Apple Watch 6 might include particular features that can be higher at handling that than its predecessors.
WatchOS 7 can now also monitor VO2 Max numbers, which means it will offer you a notification to say in case your blood oxygen is low.
Apple Watch 6 watch faces
Seven new watch faces are coming with Apple Watch 6 – this is a list of them, along with photos:
Note that these are part of watchOS 7, so will not be unique to the brand new Apple Watch. The brand new software additionally helps you to share your watch face configurations with different folks.