Six rea­sons to get an Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 4

The screen is awe­some but the price isn’t, says Michael Si­mon

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For the first time since its in­tro­duc­tion four years ago, the Ap­ple Watch has a new de­sign – and we don’t just mean the ad­di­tion of a red dot on the Dig­i­tal Crown. The new fourth-gen­er­a­tion watch in­cludes a larger screen and a slightly big­ger case, but still re­tains the clas­sic styling that has made the Ap­ple Watch a world­wide hit.

But the beauty of the new Ap­ple Watch isn’t skin deep. We can’t wait to get our fin­gers on that new

dis­play, but there’s way more to it than a few ex­tra pix­els. Here are six more rea­sons you’ll want to up­grade to a new Ap­ple Watch and one rea­son why you might want to wait.

1. The de­sign is bet­ter than ever

If you look at Ap­ple Watch, you prob­a­bly won’t no­tice any ma­jor changes to the case: it’s still square, it still has a Dig­i­tal Crown, it still has a sin­gle but­ton on the side. But if you look closer, you’ll see sub­tle changes that im­prove the look and feel of the Ap­ple Watch. For one, the screen is way big­ger, with more than 30 per­cent more pix­els. It’s also thin­ner, so even though the cases are 2mm big­ger than the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion

at 40- and 44mm, re­spec­tively, the en­tire pack­age should feel less sub­stan­tial.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the cor­ners have deeper curves, so it’ll look even bet­ter on you wrist. The mi­cro­phone place­ment has been moved to make phone calls clearer, the back is made of black ce­ramic and sap­phire to im­prove con­nec­tiv­ity, and the speaker is 50 per­cent louder, so all those Siri re­quests will sound even bet­ter.

2. There are a lot more faces

To ac­com­pany the 30 per­cent larger screen, Ap­ple de­signed sev­eral new faces to take ad­van­tage of the ex­tra real es­tate, start­ing with an up­date to its clas­sic Util­ity face with space for up to eight com­pli­ca­tions now. Ap­ple showed off a face with ei­ther three in­ter­na­tional clocks or three con­tact cir­cles (see

page 6), so the pos­si­bil­i­ties are kind of end­less. If you don’t want to fill up your screen with com­pli­ca­tions, there are also all-new de­signer faces for the Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 4. There’s a new Breathe face that gives you an­i­mated guides when you need to take a stress break, as well as Fire, Wa­ter, and Vapour faces that fill your screen with lush, fluid an­i­ma­tions when­ever you raise your wrist. And fi­nally, if you want a Nike Se­ries 4 Ap­ple Watch, those faces have been reimag­ined as well.

3. The Dig­i­tal Crown is su­per-charged

On pre­vi­ous Ap­ple Watches, the Dig­i­tal Crown pretty much served two func­tions: go­ing home and scrolling. It still does those things on Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 4, but you’ll now re­ceive hap­tic feed­back as you nav­i­gate your watch so you won’t scroll too fast. That’s nice and all,

The Dig­i­tal Crown on the Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 4 does a whole lot more

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