The Apple Watch is considerably more expensive. The watch is 30-percent larger on its face (40mm and 44mm) and thinner front-to-back.
More complicated Apple Watch facesLook at all those options!
When I strapped the Apple Watch Series 4 to my wrist following Apple's iPhone event today (Sept. 12), the first thing I noticed was the watch's oversized display. The watch face has been redesigned too, with eight customisable areas. The Breathe app will now be available as a watch face and will guide you through a deep breath exercise when you raise your wrist. There's one for fire, water and vapor that look really lovely. It now comes with haptic feedback. It has been re-engineered completely and offers new means of controls. The Apple Watch Series 4 brings a 50% louder speaker to the table, all while moving it further from the microphone for clearer calls.
The Apple Watch Series 4 will be available directly from Apple, either at brick-and-mortar Apple Store locations or online. The accelerometer and gyroscope power all-day activity tracking and are also capable of identifying health strokes.
He highlighted the health benefits of such a device by features such as automatically notifying users you if it detects they have an elevated heart rate. Second, Series 4 can screen your heart rhythm and will send you a notification if it detects an irregular heart rhythm.
The new Watch line starts at US$399 ($519 in Canada), Apple said, compared with the US$329 starting price of last year's model. Built in electrodes in the back of the watch and the Digital Crown detect electrical signals from the heart and the S4 chip processes this information, before surfacing it to the wearer in the Health app.
According to Apple, this is the first ECG to be offered over the counter to consumers. You can even squeeze four shortcuts to your most-loved contacts in the center, which is useful if you're always messaging the same people. The CPU on board is a dual-core, 64-bit affair that Apple claims is good for double the performance of the heart of the Apple Watch Series 3. The smartwatch is powered by Apple's A4 chipset and is two times faster than Watch 3. If you're working out then it slides down to 6 hours.
Williams described the latest Watch as an "intelligent guardian of your health", noting that Apple got clearance for the ECG app from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the first of its kind. Both devices will come in silver, gold and space grey aluminum, and gold, silver and space black stainless steel.
Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS) will be available to order from September 14 in 26 countries, while the GPS + Cellular variant will be available to order in 16 countries. The cellular model will be available in 16 markets with 34 carriers. S4 is available September 21 with preorders starting Friday.
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