Six rea­sons to get an Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 4

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

Macworld - - CONTENTS - Michael Si­mon

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, but the big­gest en­hance­ment to the Dig­i­tal Crown is one you won’t see: an elec­tri­cal heart sen­sor.

That’s right, you can now take an elec­tro­car­dio­gram (ECG) right on your wrist. Just press your finger against the side of the crown and your watch will start mea­sur­ing your heart rhythm, record­ing the data in the Ap­ple Health app and alert­ing you to ir­reg­u­lar pat­terns. Not only has it al­ready re­ceived FDA ap­proval, but Ap­ple says it is the first ECG sen­sor of­fered over the counter di­rectly to con­sumers.

4. It’ll know when you fall

In ad­di­tion to a new S4 chip, which is up to two times faster than the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion, Ap­ple has also added a next-gen­er­a­tion ac­celerom­e­ter and gy­ro­scope to the new Ap­ple Watch, which will make mea­sur­ing move­ments up to eight times faster. That’s great for ex­er­cis­ing, but there’s a cool new trick the new watch can do too: de­tect falls.

We’ve all seen the com­mer­cial where the el­derly woman falls and screams, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” Now, your Ap­ple Watch can de­tect when you’ve fallen and in­stantly send you an alert with an SOS but­ton that will call 999 when pressed. And what’s more, if your watch de­tects that you haven’t moved for a minute fol­low­ing a fall, it will alert the au­thor­i­ties and pro­vide your lo­ca­tion.

5. It could save your life in a whole new way

We’ve all heard sto­ries about how the Ap­ple Watch has saved peo­ple’s lives by alert­ing them to a high rest­ing heart beat, but now Ap­ple has added two new heart-rate de­tec­tion fea­tures to the new watch. First, it will no­tify you if your heart rate is too low. And it will also mon­i­tor your heart rhythm and alert you if it de­tects an ir­reg­u­lar rhythm, which could be a warn­ing sign of atrial fib­ril­la­tion, which could lead to blood clots, strokes, and heart fail­ure.

6. Your old bands will still work

De­spite be­ing slightly larger than the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions of watches, all of the old bands you’ve col­lected will still work, as well as any third-party

ones. And there’s a cool new one: Nike has added re­flec­tive yarn to its Loop band so run­ners and cy­clists will be even more vis­i­ble at night.

But... it’s more ex­pen­sive

The kicker to the new Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 4 is that it’s a lot more ex­pen­sive than the Se­ries 3 watch. Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 4 with GPS starts at £399 now, rather than £299 be­fore. And if you want one of the cel­lu­lar mod­els, it’ll cost you an ad­di­tional £100, start­ing at £499. So you won’t be able to buy as many watch bands to go with it

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

The Dig­i­tal Crown is also an ECG sen­sor on the Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 4

The fea­tures of the new Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 4

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