TIME FLIES:SERIES 6 AND SE TAKE APPLE WATCH TO NEW HEIGHTS
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TIME FLIES:SERIES 6 AND SE TAKE APPLE WATCH TO NEW HEIGHTS
Apple’s annual Fall Event felt a little different this year. For starters, it was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with no cheers or applause to be heard. But the biggie? No new iPhones. The company already confirmed that the iPhone 12 will launch in October, but in the meantime, Tim Cook and Co used the keynote to show off the all-new Apple Watch Series 6, a low-cost Apple Watch SE, and a bunch of family-focused Watch improvements.

BREAKTHROUGH CAPABILITIES ON THE APPLE WATCH SERIES 6

The star of the show at this year’s September Special Event was, without doubt, the Apple Watch Series 6. Putting health at the forefront of this release, Apple confirmed the rumored blood oxygen levels monitoring feature, helping users better understand their overall health and fitness levels. Oxygen saturation is measured using clusters of green, red, and infrared LEDs, alongside four photodiodes on the back crystal of the Apple Watch, measuring the amount of light reflected back from the blood. Apple will then use an advanced algorithm to measure blood oxygen levels between 70% and 100%, with periodic measurements taken over time to help users track trends and see how their blood oxygen level changes. Apple has already confirmed it will partner with the University of California, Irvine, and Anthem to measure how the longitudinal measurements of blood oxygen and other physiological signals can help manage and control asthma, as well as the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research and the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at the University Health Network to measure how blood oxygen measurements could help with the management of heart failure. The firm also announced a partnership with the Seattle Flu Study at the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine and faculty from the University of Washington School of Medicine to see how Heart Rate and Blood Oxygen could offer signs of respiratory conditions like COVID-19, that could lead to breakthrough treatments or early warnings.

As is to be expected with a new Apple Watch launch, Series 6 offers enhanced performance over the previous generation thanks to redesigned hardware. Series 6 sports the new A13 Bionic chip, which is used in the iPhone 11, offering 20% faster performance, all whilst being able to maintain the same 18-hour battery life. The U1 chip and Ultra-Wideband antennas in the Apple Watch allow for short-range wireless location support for new features such as the Apple Car Key. The new Apple Watch can also be fully charged in less than 90 minutes, battery life has been improved when tracking certain workouts line indoor and outdoor runs, and the watch’s always-on Retina display has been made up to 2.5 times brighter when outdoors. A brand new always-on altimeter will offer realtime elevation all day long by using a power-efficient barometric altimeter, allowing for the detection of small elevation changes above ground level, up and down to the measurement of one foot, and can be shown as a new watch face complication or workout metric. This makes activity and calorie tracking even more accurate.

Apple has also introduced stunning new color options with the Apple Watch Series 6, with the new blue color joining the iconic silver, space gray, and gold aluminum case options.

A brand new (PRODUCT)RED Apple Watch has also launched, whilst stainless steel Apple Watch models are now offered in graphite which is a gray-black hue with a high-shine finish - alongside a refreshed classic yellow gold color. The Apple Watch Edition, Apple’s premium Apple Watch models starting at $899, are now available in natural and space black titanium. Apple has also made changes to the Apple Watch bands, introducing a new Solo Loop that is a continuous, stretchable band that is available in yarn and silicone. The Loop has been given a special UV treatment process which results in a smooth, silky finish, whilst new leather link straps wrap elegantly around the wrist for a stunning, fashionable Apple Watch.

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