The Apple Watch was unveiled alongside the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in California on September 12. It’s been substantially redesigned, upgraded internally, and equipped with a range of new health and fitness features compare to its predecessor.
Apple has enlarge the watch’s size and made some subtle but important changes to refine the design. The Apple Watch 4 is coming in four variants: 40mm and 44mm sizes, and with or without LTE. This makes the watch much wider than previous gen Apple Watches, which came in 38mm or 42mm options. The new design spots a rectangular OLED display with rounded edges that curve away and towards the wrist. The rear of the Watch is even ceramic and sapphire to add that little bit of glitz to proceedings and make sure that cellular signal can get through.
According to Apple COO Jeff Williams, the work means the 40mm version’s screen is 35% larger and the 44mm’s display is 32% bigger. What the company fail to inform us is if either versions’ resolution or max brightness has been increased. Apple’s made a new Watch Face to help take advantage of the larger screens. It features eight new “complications”. These let you change what the corner shows, letting you add shortcuts to things such as your favourite contacts, time zones you need to keep track of, or commonly used apps and services.
The Apple Watch 4 is said to still feature the same OLED technology as before also lacking the ‘always-on’ display feature. The Apple watch 4 screen is strong, dynamic and colorful, and the new Watch faces really add to the mix.
The fitness smarts have been augmented in a couple of ways. This watch has been know for its effectiveness as a fitness device over the years. The main one is the improved heart rate monitor. It has an improved tracker for checking how your ticker is beating, using an ECG (electrocardiogram) monitor to give better readings in a medical scenario. It’s still not certified as a medical device, of course, but it can give better notifications of things that you might want to get checked out.
Thanks to the presence of the new S4 chipset creating more efficiency, the battery life of the Apple Watch 4 is improved. According to Apple its Watch 4 battery life is staying strong at 18 hours for ‘all-day’ use. The new S4 dual-core 64-bit CPU is claims by the company to be twice as fast as its predecessor.
A new speaker that Apple claims is 50% louder than the Apple Watch 3’s has been added to this new upgrade. The mic has also been moved to the opposite side of the watch to the speaker to reduce noise. This should be a boon for people that take calls on the watch or regularly use Siri.
An ECG sensor is added to the watch. The new ECG sensor sits on the back and lets you take an electrocardiogram using the digital crown. According to Apple, the ECG will be able to warn of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), which is a heart condition that could lead to major health complications. According to Apple, the ECG will be able to warn of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), which is a heart condition that could lead to major health complications.
Apple has also improved the accelerometer and gyroscope. The sensors now have twice the dynamic range and can detect and read motion data eight times faster. As a result, the Watch can detect when you fall over. If no motion is detected after 60 seconds, the Watch can call emergency services automatically, as well as sending a message and location to emergency contacts.