New Apple Watch: Not just a smartwatch

The Apple Watch Series 4 is better and more feature-filled than ever. The biggest change is the new US FDA-approved optical heart sensor. Is it worth consideration though?

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Apple’s 2018 Keynote Address wasn’t all about iPhones. Yes, the iPhone XS and XS Max stole the limelight for being the costliest iPhones ever. The iPhone XR came out to exorcise the demons of the iPhone 5C. However, the the company’s special event also was a debut for the Apple Watch Series 4. The Apple’s smartwatch has been among the costliest offerings in the market and still found takers. The Apple Watch Series 4 will not have price advantage over its predecessor. In this light, will it be worth buyers’ consideration?

Specifications Apple Watch Series 4
Price $399 (GPS)/$499 (GPS+Cellular)
Processor Dual-core 64-bit S4 processor with W3 wireless chip
RAM N/A
Display OLED, 759 sq. mm/977 sq. mm
Internal Storage 16GB
Operating System N/A
Battery Unknown size
NFC N/A
Water/Dust resistance Water resistant up to 50m

What’s new about the Apple Watch Series 4?

If you were looking for a major design change on the Apple Watch Series 4, you will be disappointed. It retains the same look as its predecessor, the Apple Watch Series 3. That’s not a bad fact though. It is offered in two dial sizes – 40mm and 44mm. They also have more display area at 759 sq. mm. and 977 sq. mm., respectively. At 10.7mm, the Series 4 smartwatch is 0.7mm thinner than its predecessor.

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The Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular) is now offered in Aluminium and Stainless Steel finishes in three colours each – Silver, Space Gray (in Aluminium)/Space Black (in Stainless Steel), and Gold. Two special edition watches are also on offer – the Apple Watch Nike+ (in Silver and Space Gray Aluminium finishes) and Apple Watch Hermes in polished Stainless Steel finish. The Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS only) is offered in Aluminium finishes only.

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The Apple Watch Series 4 has been heavily upgraded on the inside. It features Apple’s 64-bit S4 dual-core processor with W3 wireless chip. Apple claims the S4 processor is 2x faster than S3 chip in Apple Watch Series 3. The smartwatch gets OLED display with Force Touch with 324x394p resolution (40mm dial) and 368x448p resolution (44mm dial).

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The Apple Watch Series 4 offers 16GB onboard storage, all ceramic and sapphire crystal back finish, improved accelerometer (up to 32 g-forces), and up to 50m water resistance. The smartwatch also features a second-gen optical heart sensor, a new digital crown with haptic feedback, and it can detect falls.

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Connectivity options on offer on Apple Watch Series 4 are Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 5.0. Its built-in rechargeable battery promises 18 hours of usage and the watch is supplied with a magnetic charging cable and USB power adapter.

Is the Apple Watch Series 4 worth consideration?

First, let’s talk about what makes the Apple Watch Series 4 worth your consideration. This smartwatch has an optical heart sensor that takes a user’s ECG reading via an ECG app. The watch stores this reading that users can share later with their physicians. Why mention it here? Because it has been approved by the US FDA (let it sink in for a minute).

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The watch can also detect if the user has encountered a fall via improved accelerometer and gyroscope. If it detects a fall, it sends an alert to the user. The user can either dismiss the alert or use it to call emergency services immediately. In case the watch doesn’t get a response within 60 seconds, it will call emergency services automatically and alert the user’s emergency contacts too.

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However, there are a few reasons why it isn’t worth considering. Firstly, Apple will continue to sell the Apple Watch Series 3 for a reduced price. In continuation is the fact that Apple has not revealed a launch date for the Series 4 smartwatch in India. Curious isn’t it?

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Apple has only listed the standard Apple Watch Series 4 and Nike+ edition on its India website. Does that mean the Hermes edition will not be coming to India? Such questions, along with curious decisions on Apple’s part, make us think if the Apple Watch Series 4 is really worth consideration. Well, in cases like these, the verdict is in the buyers’ hands.

Apple Watch Series 4 – Synopsis

  • Priced at $399 for GPS (approx Rs 29,000) and $499 for GPS + Cellular (approx Rs 36000)
  • India launch date not announced yet, Watch Series 3 to remain on sale alongside
  • Features improved gyro, accelerometer, optical heart sensor, and new digital crown
  • Can now detect falls and measure + record user’s heart rate for use later (US FDA approved)
  • Features Apple S4 64-bit dual-core processor with W3 wireless chip
  • Available in two dial sizes – 40mm and 44mm – with OLED displays
  • Offered in Aluminium finish for GPS variant and Aluminium/Stainless Steel finish for GPS+Cellular variant
  • Gets Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi connectivity options
  • Is water resistant (up to 50m), has 16GB internal storage, and features all ceramic and sapphire crystal back
  • Gets Nike+ and Hermes special editions, no details on latter’s availability in India
  • Gets automatic activity tracking feature
  • Packs a rechargeable battery that claims to last up to 18 hours on a single full charge

 

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