With every advancement of its smartwatch, Apple is converting more and more people to try out the technology for themselves. Now, the Californian-based tech giant is reeling in health and wellbeing enthusiasts as well as loyal followers of the brand. In a virtual conference overnight, Apple revealed the Apple Watch Series 6, and let me tell you it could be the most innovative piece of arm candy to-date.
“Apple Watch Series 6 completely redefines what a watch can do,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “With powerful new features, including a Blood Oxygen sensor and app, Apple Watch becomes even more indispensable by providing further insight into overall well-being.”
Key features of the new Series 6 includes revolutionary Blood Oxygen feature that offers users even more insight into their overall wellness and delivers many notable hardware improvements. A faster S6 System in Package (SiP) and next-generation always-on altimeter, along with its most colourful lineup yet, featuring new case finishes and bands. watchOS 7 brings Family Setup, sleep tracking, automatic handwashing detection, new workout types, and the ability to curate and share watch faces, encouraging customers to be more active, stay connected, and better manage their health in new ways.
Perhaps inspired by the ongoing health crisis, the digital watch can conveniently measure a user’s blood oxygen. Oxygen saturation, or SpO2, represents the percentage of oxygen being carried by red blood cells from the lungs to the rest of the body, and indicates how well this oxygenated blood is being delivered throughout the body.
To compensate for natural variations in the skin and improve accuracy, the Blood Oxygen sensor employs four clusters of green, red, and infrared LEDs, along with the four photodiodes on the back crystal of Apple Watch, to measure light reflected back from blood. Apple Watch then uses an advanced custom algorithm built into the Blood Oxygen app, which is designed to measure blood oxygen between 70 per cent and 100 per cent.
Apple is joining forces with researchers to conduct three health studies that include using Apple Watch to explore how blood oxygen levels can be used in future health applications. Apple has announced it will collaborate with the University of California, Irvine, and Anthem to examine how longitudinal measurements of blood oxygen and other physiological signals can help manage and control asthma.
The always-on altimeter provides real-time elevation all day long by using a new, more power-efficient barometric altimeter, along with GPS and nearby Wi-Fi networks. This feature allows for the detection of small elevation changes above ground level, up and down to the measurement of 1 foot, and can be shown as a new watch face complication or workout metric.
it’s on the inside that counts
You know what they say, and as always, Apple has delivered on tech and design. Through redesigned hardware more features can be packed into an even smaller design. For tech heads, using a new dual-core processor based on A13 Bionic in iPhone 11, the upgraded S6 SiP runs up to 20 per cent faster, allowing apps to also launch 20 per cent faster, while maintaining the same all-day 18-hour battery life. Additionally, Apple Watch Series 6 features the U1 chip and Ultra Wideband antennas, which will enable short-range wireless location to support new experiences, such as next-generation digital car keys.
And for those like me who are horrible at charging more than a laptop and phone, Series 6 offers faster charging, completing a full charge in under 1.5 hours – win!
the outside is pretty important too
For those looking to incorporate their Apple Watch into their everyday look, the smartwatch has never been so stylish with a new offering of cases and bands. And if you’re a luxury fiend, Hermès has also added to its line up of Apple Watch bands for the Series 6, with colourful new leather stains, widths and looks.
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