Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Apple Watch updates will be huge for Apple's health ambitions

How to watch Apple's 2018 iPhone keynote announcement - Stream, schedule, info Apple event expected to reveal 3 new iPhones, changes to Apple Watch
Olivia Ford | 13 September, 2018, 06:20

Apple is also expected to unveil the Apple Watch Series 4, that is rumored to be thinner and have a larger screen, as well as extra medical features to monitor heart rates, according to CNBC and 9to5Mac.

With the new hardware, Apple Watch Series 4 can detect a fall and automatically make a call to emergency services if the user is immobile for a minute after the fall.

The Apple Watch Series 4 sports a more than 30% larger display than the Series 3. Apple Watch Hermes is also coming with new bands and watchfaces soon.

The smartwatch features the new Apple S4 SoC which contains a 64-bit dual-core processor and a new GPU, with up to two times faster performance when compared to the Series 3. And last, Apple Watch Series 4 can diagnose your heart rhythm.

The Apple Watch Series 4 will be available from 21 September, with orders starting this Friday, 14 September on Apple.com for the United Kingdom, or here for the US.

Apple chief operating officer Jeff Williams said the company is taking the Apple Watch to the next level with the newest generation of the device, improving functionality across multiple areas.

Battery life is the same as the Apple Watch 3 at 18 hours.

The basic model will run $399, while a cellular-compatible version will cost $499 - both will be available September 21. Apple Watch Series 4 will be available in silver, gold and space grey colours. The stainless steel option will also be available in a black finish. Diehard Apple Watch fans can breathe easy: The 40mm and 44mm versions look almost identical in width compared to their 38 and 42mm predecessors. Another model, with built-in cellular functions, will cost $499. Apple has designed some new watchOS faces that can display as many as eight "complications" at once, including combinations of different time zones, pictures of close friends or family that users can tap to quickly message, watchOS' activity rings, music, heart rate, air quality, UV index, weather, and much more. Williams says those features will be available this year.

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.

Apple has even added new Workout related features which will automatically detect the type of workout you're doing now, so you don't have to slide your finger on the tiny display to kick off a new Workout session. The speakers inside the Watch has been redesigned to be louder, too, helping with watchOS 5's new features like Walkie-Talkie. Perhaps the one-day battery life is the reason why Apple has yet to add an always-on display feature to its smartwatches.

A almost edge-to-edge display - Apple says the screen is 30% larger than previous versions.

Meanwhile, Apple has also removed Apple Watch Series 1 from its Malaysian website.

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