Apple launches 2 new watches; puts fitness at the forefront
Apple announced a new line of smartwatches last night; the Apple Watch Series 6 as well as budget-friendly Apple Watch SE.
The Series 6 is effectively the same design as the Series 4, but comes with an updated chipset, smarter sleep tracking and a sensor that can monitor your blood oxygen level.
That new sensor is a big deal, as it uses infrared light to measure how much oxygen is in your blood in just 15 seconds. Blood oxygen levels are used to measure all sorts of things, including general fitness, respiratory illnesses and a lot more.
While the coronavirus pandemic wasn’t put front and centre at last night’s launch event, Apple did say that it had partnered up with a variety of institutions to see whether or not its Apple Watch could help detect those infected with COVID-19.
The new smartwatch comes with Apple’s updated S6 processor that is naturally faster and better than the last one. The new watch runs on watchOS 7, that comes with a variety of new watch faces, customisable watch faces and sleep tracking.
The Apple Watch Series 6 arrives later this week, and will cost US$399 for either the gold, graphite, blue or Product (RED) edition.
Apple is keen to get more smartwatches on the wrists of punters out there. The Apple Watch SE is the brand’s cheapest yet, and will now let you order a load for your entire family (even if they don’t own iPhones).
It comes with fall detection, swim-proof chassis, and Apple’s last-generation S5 chip. It also comes with a cellular option. That will cost US$270 when it arrives.
Oh, and as per usual there are a load of new watch straps – including the new Solo Loop which is effectively a stretchable clasp-free rubber or nylon bracelet. There are also new leather and Hermes options.
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