Eight ways the new Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 6 is a big­ger up­grade than you think

New colours, new sen­sors and a new ser­vice make this up­date the big­gest yet.

iPad&iPhone user - - CONTENTS - Michael Si­mon re­ports

Ap­ple has launched a new Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 6, bring­ing a new high-end wear­able to join an in­au­gu­ral mid-range model and a brand-new ser­vice that’s pow­ered by Ap­ple’s iconic wear­able. But while it might not seem like this is a huge up­grade, it’s ac­tu­ally big­ger than it seems. Here’s why:

1. AP­PLE’S BLOOD O2 SEN­SOR IS BET­TER THAN FITBIT’S

As ru­moured, the Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 6 can mea­sure the oxy­gen lev­els in your blood, thanks to a new sen­sor that uses red and in­frared light to cal­cu­late the colour of your blood and de­ter­mine its oxy­gen level. Un­like Fitbit de­vices, which only mea­sure your blood

oxy­gen lev­els while you sleep, on the new Ap­ple Watch you can take a Blood O2 read­ing in just 15 sec­onds at any time of day.

2. THE DIS­PLAY IS BET­TER THAN EVER

Ap­ple launched a new, larger dis­play with the Se­ries 4, and an al­wayson op­tion with the Se­ries 5. With the Se­ries 6, it’s even bet­ter. Ap­ple says the al­ways-on dis­play on the Se­ries 6 is 2.5 times brighter when your wrist is down, one of the com­plaints we had with the Se­ries 5. With a new, ef­fi­cient S6 chip, the bat­tery life won’t suf­fer.

3. YOU DON’T NEED AN IPHONE TO USE IT (KIND OF)

While we’re still not quite at full iPhone in­de­pen­dence, Ap­ple has in­tro­duced a new way for fam­i­lies to set up Ap­ple Watches for peo­ple who don’t have an iPhone, such as kids, par­ents or, we sup­pose, An­droid users. While those watches won’t work in quite the same way – for one, you’ll need a cel­lu­lar con­nec­tion – they’ll be able to en­joy most of the same fea­tures, in­clud­ing the App Store, Mes­sages, Maps, Ap­ple Pay, Mu­sic, and of course, fit­ness track­ing. It even has a new Schooltime fea­ture that dis­plays a yel­low cir­cle in the watch face that Ap­ple says is “for teach­ers and par­ents to eas­ily rec­og­nize, sig­ni­fy­ing that ac­cess to apps is re­stricted and Do Not Dis­turb is turned on”.

4. THE NEW FACES AP­PEAR VERY USE­FUL

Ap­ple al­ways of­fers up some new faces with every Watch launch, but

this year’s crop isn’t just about car­toon char­ac­ters and colours. A bunch of new watch faces will bring a slew of use­ful looks and styles. These in­clude:

GMT: Dis­plays mul­ti­ple time zones with a fo­cus on where you are Chrono­graph Pro: Adds a se­ries of dig­i­tal di­als in­clud­ing a tachymeter for mea­sur­ing speed

Ty­po­graph: Brings four new type styles and scripts

Stripes: Lets you add any colour com­bi­na­tion you want

Me­moji faces: An an­i­mated and in­ter­ac­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ge­off McFetridge

That’s much bet­ter than Woody and Buzz (sorry Toy Story fans.

5. THE WATCH IS VI­TAL TO AP­PLE’S NEW SER­VICE

Along­side the new hard­ware, Ap­ple also launched a new £10-a-month Fit­ness+ ser­vice that of­fers 10 types of work­outs (yoga, cycling, dance, tread­mill walk and run, strength, core, hit, row­ing, and cool down) and Ap­ple Mu­sic in­te­gra­tion. Fit­ness+ is ‘pow­ered by the Ap­ple Watch’, au­to­mat­i­cally sync­ing when you start a work­out on an iPhone or Ap­ple TV, and us­ing the met­rics recorded on your wrist to guide your work­out.

6. THERE ARE AC­TUAL COLOURS

With the Se­ries 6 Watch, Ap­ple isn’t just re­ly­ing on the bands to bring char­ac­ter. For the first time, you can get the Ap­ple Watch in a va­ri­ety of colours, in­clud­ing blue and Prod­uct Red. There are also new gold and graphite stain­less steel va­ri­eties.

7. THE NEW BANDS ARE COOL

Along with the new Ap­ple Watch Se­ries colours, all Ap­ple Watch users can take ad­van­tage of the new bands avail­able for sale. There are the swim-proof and stretch­able solo loop band and braided solo loop with no clasp, buckle, or over­lap­ping ma­te­ri­als that come in mul­ti­ple colours, as well as the leather link band that uses mag­nets to ad­just to your wrist.

8. SAME OLD PRICE

Prices for the Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 6 starts at the same £379 as the Se­ries 5. The 44mm model cost­ing £409, and cel­lu­lar adds £100.

The Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 6 looks sharp in ei­ther red or blue.

Ap­ple Fit­ness+ is tied into the Ap­ple Watch.

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