Apple fans tuned into a very different kind of product presentation from Tim Cook on the 15th of September. But what was so different about it? Instead of being treated to the usual rollout of iPhones for the new season, viewers received a front-row seat to witness the unveiling of the Series 6 Apple Watch!
Alongside the new Watch, we saw a glimpse of the new Apple One and Apple Fitness+ programs – as well as two new iPads. For now, however, let’s focus on the Watch – what did we learn from the event?
The Series 6 Apple Watch Launch
It’s finally here. The Series 6 Apple Watch launch confirms plenty of rumours, with the biggest being the presence of a blood oximeter. This is excellent news for anyone serious about keeping track of their heart health in particular.
The oximeter built into the six lets you know if there is any cause for concern, there’s even speculation that it may help with diagnosing COVID-19 in the long run.
Beyond this, the Series 6 comes in a variety of new colours, bolstered by an always-on screen. It’s easier for you to see everything that’s going on. New to the colour line up are red and blue aluminium RED and blue cases. Tim Cook, said “it’s the most colourful line up yet!” There’s also an increased range of materials, which include titanium, stainless steel, and 100-percent recycled aluminum.
What no-one saw coming was the fact that you’re going to be able to customise your Watch face in spectacular, eye-catching fashion. Customise flags and stripes to show off your true colours!
What About Performance?
Naturally, we’re all thinking about how the Series 6 Apple Watch is going to handle all its new powers and flashy appearances. It’s confirmed that the Watch will benefit from an S6 chipset. That could mean greater resilience against battery rundown. If the Watch is going to be always-on, you’re going to need a hardier battery!
The health sensor isn’t the only thing that’s going to be pushing the new Watch to its limits. There’s also a more sensitive brightness function, meaning that it’s going to react more efficiently to natural light. Worth keeping in mind!
It’s thought that additional health monitoring features will roll out in time, too. Watch this space – no pun intended.
Price and Launch Date Confirmed
Here’s what you came here to find out. The new Watch will start shipping from mid-September, likely when you’re reading this! UK buyers can expect to pay at least £479 for the Watch with GPS and cellular data, while you’ll pay at least £379 for the standard GPS model.
If this is a little out of your budget, don’t worry. The new Apple Watch SE was also announced, which is a budget version of the tech. It’s the Series 5 in a 6 shell, essentially! You can expect to pay at least £269.
With the new WatchOS launched alongside the Series 6 Apple Watch, there’s a lot to mull over. Why not get cash for your last generation Apple Watch to pay towards the new model? Sell old Apple Watch tech with us before you upgrade.