Ap­ple Watch Series 4 FAQ

Ja­son Cross an­swers all your ques­tions about the new Ap­ple Watch

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For the first time since its in­tro­duc­tion in 2014, the Ap­ple Watch has a new de­sign – and this time it’s a bit more sub­stan­tial than stick­ing a red dot on the Dig­i­tal Crown. For the watch’s fourth gen­er­a­tion, Ap­ple has in­tro­duced a larger screen and a slightly big­ger case, all while re­tain­ing the clas­sic styling that made the Ap­ple Watch a world­wide hit.

But the beauty of the new Ap­ple Watch’s isn’t merely skin deep. Ap­ple has up­dated nearly ev­ery­thing about the watch, in­side and out. It’s a whole new gen­er­a­tion: fa­mil­iar, yet over­hauled.


Much as with pre­vi­ous Ap­ple Watch re­leases, the Series 4 comes in two sizes. But while Series 0-4 mea­sured 38mm for the smaller watch and 42mm for the larger (mea­sured ver­ti­cally), the new ones are each 2mm larger: 40- and 44mm.

The cor­ners on Series 4’s case are also slightly more rounded, giv­ing the watch a softer ap­pear­ance. And the dis­play area is much larger, with rounded cor­ners that fol­low the con­tour of the case and smaller bezels.

At 10.7mm thick, the Series 4 is slightly thin­ner than the Series 2 and 3 (which mea­sured 11.4mm), but it’s still just a tiny bit ticker than the orig­i­nal Ap­ple Watch (10.5mm). It has the fol­low­ing other specs:

Pro­ces­sor: Ap­ple S4 sys­tem-in-pack­age (SIP) with 64-bit dual-core CPU Lo­ca­tion: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and QZSS Heart sen­sors: Sec­ond-gen op­ti­cal heart rate sen­sor, elec­tri­cal heart sen­sor Other sen­sors: Im­proved ac­celerom­e­ter and gy­ro­scope, am­bi­ent light sen­sor Wa­ter re­sis­tance: Up to 50 me­ters Dis­play: LPTO OLED, 368x448 pix­els (44mm); 324x394 pix­els (40mm) Ra­dios: Ap­ple W3 wire­less chip, 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz, Blue­tooth 5.0, LTE and UMTS (in LTE mod­els) But­tons and di­als: New Dig­i­tal Crown with hap­tic feed­back, side but­ton


The Series 4 is more ex­pen­sive than any pre­vi­ous stan­dard-is­sue Ap­ple Watch. These are the start­ing prices. Some bands like the Mi­lanese Loop raise the price, as do spe­cial edi­tions like the Her­mès mod­els. 40mm alu­minium: £399 44mm alu­minium: £429 40mm alu­minium with cel­lu­lar: £499 44mm alu­minium with cel­lu­lar: £529 40mm stain­less steel with cel­lu­lar: £699 44mm stain­less steel with cel­lu­lar: £749


Ap­ple’s new sys­tem-in-pack­age (which com­bines the CPU, GPU, stor­age, RAM, and al­most ev­ery­thing else) is called the S4. It’s a dual-core chip that Ap­ple says is up

to twice as fast as the S3 found in the Series 3. It’s also, for the first time, a 64-bit chip. That prob­a­bly doesn’t make much dif­fer­ence now, but it gives the watch a lot more longevity down the line.

We cur­rently don’t know how much RAM is in the Series 4. The Series 0, 1, and 2 Watches had 512MB of RAM, while the Series 3 boosted that to 768MB. It’s a safe bet the Series 4 has at least 768MB, maybe more.

The Series 4 watches all have 16GB of stor­age. With the Series 3, you got 16GB in the LTE ver­sion but only 8GB in the Wi-Fi ver­sion.

Old bands

If you have Ap­ple Watch bands for the ear­lier 38mm mod­els, they will fit the new 40mm Ap­ple Watch Series 4. The watch bands for the 42mm mod­els fit the new 44mm Series 4.

Bat­tery life

Ap­ple says over­all bat­tery life is sim­i­lar to that of the Series 3, which means you can ex­pect around 18 hours. How­ever, it should last about an hour longer when track­ing out­door ac­tiv­i­ties with GPS, LTE, or mu­sic stream­ing.

New watch faces

No mat­ter which Ap­ple Watch you have, you get four new Ap­ple Watch faces in the watchOS 5 up­date: Breathe, Fire & Wa­ter, Vapour, and Liq­uid Me­tal. On Series 1-3 Ap­ple Watches, these faces are cir­cu­lar with room for com­pli­ca­tions in the up­per cor­ners. On the Series 4, they fill the en­tire dis­play.

Be­cause the Series 4 has larger dis­plays, there’s room for more in­for­ma­tion, and Ap­ple has added a cou­ple of ex­clu­sive new watch faces that are es­pe­cially in­for­ma­tion-dense. There’s the In­fo­graph, which com­bines an ana­log watch face with room for eight com­pli­ca­tions, and In­fo­graph Mod­u­lar, an up­grade for the cur­rent Mod­u­lar face that al­lows the large cen­tre com­pli­ca­tion to show much more info.

The Series 4 also sup­ports a new kind of com­pli­ca­tion that’s de­signed to go in the cor­ner of round watch faces, which in­cludes a curved line to rep­re­sent data (like high and low daily tem­per­a­tures or time re­main­ing on a timer).


Like the new iPhone XSs, the Series 4 is now avail­able in a gold colour in ad­di­tion to sil­ver and Space Grey.

Note that this isn’t the ac­tual gold ma­te­rial that made some of the orig­i­nal Ap­ple Watches sell for £17,000; it’s just a gold colour for the stain­less steel or alu­minium bod­ies.

The Series 3 is still avail­able, but the gold alu­minium model is gone – now you can only get it only in sil­ver or Space Grey in ei­ther steel or alu­minium. The full ceramic ‘Edi­tion’ mod­els have been dis­con­tin­ued across the board.

The Series 3 and 4 are both still avail­able in Nike+ mod­els, and the Series 4 is avail­able in a Her­mès edi­tion (stain­less steel only)

Ap­ple has a pair of new Series 4-ex­clu­sive watch faces that are dense with in­for­ma­tion

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