Apple today kickstarted its ‘Gather Round’ event with the Apple Watch Series 4. As rumors and leaks had pointed out, the latest generation of the wearable comes with a bigger casing and an edge-to-edge display.
The new Apple Watch Series 4 comes with a bigger OLED display which makes them over 30 percent larger when compared to the Series 3. The display edges are also rounded to match the rounded edges of the chassis and cover glass. The new Apple Watch now comes in two different sizes: 40mm and 44m. Despite the bigger display and casing, the new Apple Watch is slimmer than its predecessor.
To go along with the bigger display, Apple has updated all of its watch faces to display more information. There’s also a new watch face that’s capable of showing more information. Even the dedicated Breathe app is getting its own watch face in Apple Watch Series 4. Third-party apps can also take advantage of the bigger screen to display more information.
The back of the Apple Watch Series 4 is made of black ceramic and sapphire crystal. Apart from looking stellar, it also helps improve network connectivity. Apple has also moved the microphone around, with the speaker chamber also getting revamped thereby making it significantly louder. The Crown has also been redesigned and offers haptic feedback.
Inside the Apple Watch Series 4 is Apple’s S4 chip. This 64-bit dual-core chip is up to 2x faster which should lead the new watch to be significantly faster. Paired with this new processor are the next-generation gyroscope and accelerometer sensors that can capture far more data. This allows for precise step tracking and even allows the wearable to automatically detect a fall. Whenever the watch detects a fall, it will prompt the user to contact emergency services. Even better, if the watch detects there’s no movement after a fall, it will automatically call the emergency services after a minute.
“We’re thrilled Apple Watch has become an essential part of people’s lives,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “The completely redesigned Apple Watch Series 4 continues to be an indispensable communication and fitness companion, and now with the addition of groundbreaking features, like fall detection and the first-ever ECG app offered directly to consumers, it also becomes an intelligent guardian for your health.”
The new electrical heart rate sensor technology inside the Apple Watch Series 4 allows for three different types of heart-rate notifications: low heart rate, atrial fibrillation, and Electrocardiogram (ECG). The third feature is made possible by Apple using electrodes in the crown and back of the device. The ECG feature will require users to keep their finger on the crown while taking an ECG reading. This makes the Apple Watch the first ECG device that is offered directly to consumers over-the-counter. All this data is stored in the Health app on the connected iPhone.
Despite all these improvements, the Apple Watch Series 4 offers an ‘all-day battery life.’ The GPS tracking battery life has actually improved to 6 hours now.
The Apple Watch Series 4 will be available in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold for the aluminum case, with the Stainless steel case coming in Polish, Gold Stainless, and Space Black.
The GPS variant of Apple Watch Series 4 starts from $399, with GPS + Cellular variant starting from $499. Apple Watch Series 4 will be available for pre-order from September 14, with the device hitting the retail stores on September 21.