Apple Announces Redesigned Watch Series 4 With 30 Percent Larger Display, Thinner Body, 64-Bit Chip, ECG Capability, More

During the ‘Gather Round’ 2018 iPhones Keynote event, Apple Watch Series 4 appeared up to be the first introduction. Here are the details about it.

Apple has firstly confirmed that Apple Watch Series 4 is a reality, and when talking about its features, release date, and perhaps most importantly, price, we have everything on the shelves.

Apple Watch Series 4 Highlights

Features and specifications wise, the latest generation of the wrist-worn wearable (aka Apple Watch Series 4) come with a bigger casing and an edge-to-edge display, which gives users approximately 15% more screen real estate, coupled with larger sizes at 40mm and 44mm. The extra screen real estate has been achieved by reducing the bezels around the display. Slight visual modifications to the design also made but largely it remains untouched aesthetically.

Apart from the rumors and leaked information in the past, the Apple Watch Series 4 also features – All New S4 chipset.

The display edges are also rounded to match the rounded edges of the chassis and cover glass. Despite the bigger display and casing, the new Watch Series 4 is slimmer than its predecessor.

The new Apple Watch S4 packs a dual-core 64-bit CPU, and a new more powerful GPU which brings the watch’s performance an increase of two folds – New Digital Crown, for instance.

The new Digital Crown now offers haptic feedback. There’s the Next-gen Accelerometer & Gyroscope, too. These two revamped units now pack twice the dynamic range and can measure up to 32 g-forces. Not just that, the Series 4 now has 8x faster sampling.

Impressive!

The Dynamic Watchfaces. Yes, there are new watch faces which interact with the display, like fire, water, vapor etc. The new watch faces are capable of showing more information. There’s still the dedicated Breathe app which 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.

Fall Detection

You will find the aforementioned feature on the Series 4 Apple Watch that can now detect if the user has taken a fall (literally, only), and immediately brings up an emergency contact pop-up. If you don’t interact with the watch at that period, it will automatically place a call to emergency services. Quite sweet if you ask me!

Irregular / Low / Heartbeat Detection + ECG

The new electrical heart rate sensor technology inside the Series 4 allows for three different types of heart-rate notifications; low heart rate, atrial fibrillation, and Electrocardiogram (ECG). You will be notified of any irregular heartbeats the watch may detect. Again this is something that many people are not aware of by themselves and requires urgent attention.

ECG is a feature that will require users to keep their finger on Digital Crown while talking an ECG reading. Apple has added electrodes for the first time which lets you take an ECG along with the new crown which creates an electrocardiogram. All of this in 30, amazing, seconds, that too, this data is stored in the Health app on the connected iPhone.

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 release date, price, and availability in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold for the aluminum case, with the Stainless steel case coming in Polish, Gold Stainless, and Space Black.

Apple Watch Series 4 Price

Pricing on the Apple Watch Series 4 starts at $399 for non-LTE aluminum 40mm Sports models and go up as high as $1,199 for the higher-end LTE 44mm Steel version. All models and prices below:

  • 40mm: Starting at $399 | $499 for GPS+Cellular
  • 44mm: Starting at $429 | $529 for GPS+Cellular

Release Date

Apple Watch Series 4 will be available for pre-order from September 14, with the device hitting the retail stores on September 21. Nike+ and Hermes version is also available, along with new bands with new materials and colors.

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