At the official iPhone XS launch event on 12th September, 2018 – Apple also announced the release date of iOS 12 and unveiled the new series of its watches. The Apple Watch Series 4 is set to be the most advanced of all Apple watches, significantly building upon the capabilities and functionalities of its predecessor. Facing severe competition from Google’s revamped Wear OS, the Series 4 shows exactly why Apple remains the top tech innovator in the world.
The state-of-the-art Series 4 watches are fundamentally re-engineered, substantially redesigned, internally upgraded, and comes with a range of new health and fitness features. As compared to the 38 mm and 42 mm dimension of Series 3, the new series comes in 40 mm and 44 mm instead. The Series 4 model is also substantially thinner than its predecessor. However, it’s the 30% larger display of Series 4, thanks to innovative curved corners on the gadget, that’s sure to entice smartwatch enthusiasts into buying them. While a larger display makes reading easier, it also provides the space to include more information with richer details. Thus, Apple has added the new Infograph watch face that can accommodate up to eight metrics – including Weather, Air Quality Index, UV Index, Heart Rate and others – so that a user can gather more information at one glance.
The Series 4 also possesses the S4 processor, which makes it two times faster than its predecessor. It also uses a new display technology called LTPO – which significantly improves power efficiency and delivers up to 18 hours of battery life on a single charge. In outdoor work mode, the Series 4 can last up to 6 hours – which makes it the perfect companion for long runs and marathons. One of its new intelligent features can automatically detect when you are working out and suggest various cardiovascular activities based on your exercise history. With an increased battery life and workout detection capabilities, the Series 4 is definitely a great option for fitness enthusiasts.
The Series 4 is also capable of monitoring a wide array of health metrics – including blood pressure and heart rate. As compared to previous heart rate monitors, the new series possesses a watered-down electrocardiogram (EKG) monitor – that can be used by touching the titanium electrode on the top of the watch with your finger for 30 seconds. The EKG monitor on Series 4 notifies the user if their heart rate spikes or drops down, while detecting irregular rhythm suggesting atrial fibrillation. While not as comprehensive as traditional EKG machines, it still provides crucial health information to its user.
Another intelligent feature integrated into Series 4 can detect when a user falls down to the ground. It could be a boon to the aging population in the U.S. and Japan, as it immediately sends an alert to a preferred emergency service – who can then track the location of the Apple Watch to assist the elderly individual. Apple has also included a Digital Crown system on the Series 4 watches, which integrates more capabilities into significantly less space. While the entire assembly is 30% smaller, it includes 21% more components – including a speaker that’s 50% larger than the ones on Series 3.
Apple has launched two variations of is Series 4 watches. While the Apple Watch Nike+ collection appeals to fitness freaks with an integration of the Nike Run Club app and Nike Training Club app, the more expensive Apple Watch Hermès collection signifies style statement with its bold colored leather bands. Starting at $400, the Series 4 might not be a revolution in smartwatches but sure has evolved existing ones onto a new platform.