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Apple Watch Series 6
MacFormat UK|November 2020
Apple Watch Series 6
Not as radical as the Series 5, but a welcome update
ROB MEAD-GREEN

From £379 (40mm)/£409 (44mm) FROM Apple, apple.com/uk FEATURES 40mm or 44mm case size, Apple S6 processor, always-on Retina display, water-resistant to 50m, 18 hours battery life, GPS, mobile connectivity options

Launched at Apple’s Time Flies event in September, the Apple Watch Series 6 is slicker, quicker and more functional than ever. This year’s model builds on the success of the Series 5 (which took the radical step of incorporating an always-on display) by including a more efficient S6 processor and adding Blood Oxygen monitoring. The Apple Watch Series 6 is also available in a range of new colours, including (Product) Red.

Prices start at £379 for the 40mm aluminium Watch and £409 for the 44mm model. You can opt for Stainless Steel (from £649/£699) or Titanium (from £749/£799) cases, plus there are a range of strap options, topping out with the Hermès at £1,349.

Whichever style of Watch Series 6 you buy, its form and function remain the same. You get a rounded rectangle with a smooth glass top that gently curves into its case. On the right are the colour-ringed Digital Crown and side button; at the back, you'll find a completely redesigned crystal containing four LED clusters and four photodiodes. These enable the Watch to monitor your blood oxygen levels. This in addition to Apple Watch’s ability to monitor your heart rate.

While all this doubles-down on its emphasis on health and fitness features, Apple’s keen to stress that the Watch is not a medical device. Going hand-in-wrist with this new functionality is a Blood Oxygen app, and there’s an ECG app too. To use the latter, you simply touch the Digital Crown with your finger for 30 seconds at any time and the electrodes within it will measure your electrocardiogram (ECG) activity and warn you if there’s anything amiss. Again, while this can be useful, it’s no substitute for proper tests carried out by a qualified physician.

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