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Apple Watch Series 6

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Model
Apple Watch Series 6
Release Date
September 2020

Features

• Always on Retina OLED Display (1000 nits)
• S6 Chip
• 3D Touch Display
• Up to 18 hours Battery Life

Description

Apple Watch Series 6 is the best smartwatch with the best in class health features and fits perfectly on your wrist. In addition to all the great things Apple Watches already did, you'll also get more health tracking features, including the all-new Blood Oxygen Sensor. A top-of-the-line smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 6 is the most advanced Apple Watch yet.

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Overview

It’s official; the next generation of the Apple Watch has arrived. The Apple Watch Series 6 is the newest Apple smartwatch on the market. With an arrow of new features, the Series 6 upgrades the Apple Watch experience even more.

Announced during Apple's September 2020 Time Flies event, the Apple Watch Series 6 receives improvements in almost every facet. From a new chip to more designs, Series 6 is the most advanced Apple Watch yet.

Although similar in exterior design, the Series 6 has an Always-On Retina display, ensuring you'll never miss any info. You'll also have more ways to customize the device with two extra color options: Blue and (PRODUCT) Red.

There are also three new band options: Solo Loop, Braided Solo Loop, and Leather Link. Each of these is adjustable based on your wrist size, and there are various colors to choose. You can also customize the watch face with more options now, including a chronograph pro, typography, or memoji face, along with other options.

In terms of hardware, the Series 6 gets an upgrade to its chip and will now run on the A13 chip. This chip, used in the iPhone 11 and SE, will make the Series 6 20% faster than the Series 5 while running more complex programs. It also helps the Series 6 last for up to 18 hours.

You'll also be getting the new blood oxygen sensor, which helps measure O2 levels in the user's blood. An essential component to checking cardiovascular health, the blood oxygen sensor uses LED lights and photodiodes to get data in a non-invasive method.

The new Apple Watch Series 6 is available for pre-orders immediately and accessible worldwide on September 18, 2020. Check out the Apple Watch Series 6 features.

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Features

Design and Size

The Apple Watch Series 6 looks similar to its predecessor, the Apple Watch Series 5. But although the outside hasn't changed much, some of the specs are getting upgrades.

The Series 6 has the Always-On Retina display and an OLED display projecting 1000 nits in terms of the display.

It also has an improved screen brightness. Being 2.5 times brighter than the previous model when the user’s wrist is down, Apple makes checking your smartwatch easier during sunny, outdoor activities.

Apple Watch users can also access their Notification Center, Control Center, tap on complications, and swipe to change watch faces without having to wake their watch screen.

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The Apple Watch Series 6 weighs from 30.5 g to 36.5 g for the aluminum models. In comparison, the stainless steel models weigh 39.7 g to 47.1 g, and the titanium models weigh 34.6 g to 41.3 g.

The Series 6 models follow the same options as the Series 5. The 40mm watch has 324 x 394 pixels and a 759 sq mm display area. In comparison, the larger 44 mm watch has 368 x 448 pixels and a 977 sq mm display area.

Additionally, users can expect the standard Ion-X strengthened glass front and ceramic and sapphire crystal back.

The Apple Watch Series 6 is also more colorful than ever before. There are two new aluminum case finishes in Blue and (PRODUCT) Red. Otherwise, you can also get the classic Space Grey, Silver, and Gold colorways.

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Meanwhile, stainless steel case finishes include Silver, Gold, and a new Graphite. Titanium case finishes will have two options, Natural and Space Black.

Another new upgrade is the three new Apple Watch bands. Let’s take a look at what the latest accessories are:

  • Solo Loop: Crafted from soft silicone material with a smooth, silky finish without a watch link.
  • Braided Solo Loop: Made of 100% recycled material, with ultrathin silicone threads and 16,000 polyester yarn filaments giving unique stretchability.
  • Leather Link: Molded from flexible magnets to secure your Apple Watch and wraps elegantly around the wrist.


Along with the latest watch band upgrades, there are new seven watch faces available for download. You can now choose from:

  • GMT: View multiple time zones, including your own, at once.
  • Countdown: At any point in time, start a timer and let the countdown begin.
  • Chronograph Pro: Just like a classic wristwatch, track speed, and time.
  • Typography: Features numerals in three different styles and four scripts.
  • Memoji: Use your favorite, interactive Memoji as your pocket assistant.
  • Wallpaper Stripes: Support your favorite sports team or social cause
  • Geoff McFetridge Exclusive: Create a unique piece of art that depicts your face

Hardware and Software

The new Apple Watch Series 6 will run on the new S6 SiP with 64-bit dual-core processor, based on the A13 Bionic chip.

The S6 chip makes the Series 6 20% faster than the Series 5. Also included in the hardware are the W3 Apple wireless chip and U1 chip (Ultra Wideband).

In terms of battery life, the new Series 6 battery lasts up to 18 hours. The battery is about the same as the previous Apple Watch Series 5. However, with a variety of new features, the battery life has probably seen an improvement.

Altimeter 

Another hardware feature to look forward to is the next-generation always-on altimeter. This new sensor provides real-time elevation tracking.

The Series 6 uses a new, more power-efficient barometric altimeter. In conjunction with GPS and nearby Wi-Fi networks, the Apple Watch Series 6 allows you to detect even the smallest elevation changes above ground level.

watchOS 7

As for software, watchOS 7 will no doubt be the operating system running the show. watchOS 7 is available for public updates on September 16. Having just been released, watchOS 7 opens the door for more possibilities on your Apple Watch.

Family Setup

For the first time, it’s possible to use an Apple Watch without an iPhone—well, sort of. With Family Setup, parents can now equip their children with an Apple Watch by connecting their children’s devices to the parent’s iPhone.

Kids can now connect with family and friends through phone calls and Messages, stay motivated with personalized Activity goals, and create their own custom Memoji.

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Family Setup is also a fantastic tool for older family members to ensure their safety and can be reached with a tap of a button. It can be reached with a tap of a button. Set them up, and they'll be good to go. You can always upload their medical information and have yourself set as an emergency contact.

The new watchOS 7 Family Setup is a considerable step up from the Family Sharing feature found on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Health Tracking

The most significant Apple Watch selling point is its ability to track your health and alert you of potential health ailments. In addition to sensors seen in Apple Watch Series 5, the new Apple Watch Series 6 features a brand new blood oxygen sensor.

The new blood oxygen sensor works by using pulse oximetry, a non-invasive method to detect a person’s oxygen saturation, and cardiovascular health. The Apple Watch Series 6 uses four clusters of green, red, and infrared LEDs, along with the four photodiodes on the Apple Watch’s back crystal to measure light reflected from your blood.

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Measuring and keeping track of your SpO2 or oxygen saturation levels gives more insights and control over individuals with asthma, heart concerns, and COVID-19 symptoms. In an age where general health has become one of our primary, day-to-day matters, the Series 6 provides valuable information on our bodies.

Additionally, from what we already know about watchOS 7, new health-tracking features include:

  • New Workout modes: Core Training, Dance, Functional Strength Training, and Cool Down
  • New Mobility Metrics: low-range cardio fitness, walking speed, stair-descent speed, stair-ascent speed, six-minute walk distance, double support time, step length, and asymmetry
  • New sleep tracking app


With all the new A13 chip, System Integrity Protection (SiP) 6, and watchOS 7 updates, the new Apple Watch showcases significant upgrades. It's safe to say that Apple has stepped up its game with new features to keep up with the Apple Watch Series 6 innovation.

New Apple Watch Series 6 users can look forward to the following:

  • Improved Wi-Fi and cellular transmissions
  • Cycling directions
  • Watch face sharing
  • Siri and new Translate app
  • Better water resistance

Pricing, Launch, and Release

The Apple Watch Series 6 comes in many color finishes, size, and watch band combinations. So, it can be a bit tricky to navigate how much each model costs. Let’s take a look at a chart of the Apple Watch Series 6 prices.

Model GPS (Wi-Fi Only) GPS + Cellular
Aluminum $399 $499
Stainless Steel N/A $699
Titanium N/A $799

As you can see, the only GPS only watch model is the aluminum model. In contrast, the two higher-end models are only available in GPS+Cellular.

Meanwhile, the new Apple Series 6 bands start at $49 for the silicon Solo Loop and $99 for the braided Solo Loop and Leather Link band.

Shockingly, Apple will ship and release the new Apple Watch Series 6 as per usual.

The Apple Watch Series 6 is available for pre-order starting September 15 and will be available worldwide on September 18, 2020. The three-day turnaround for the Series 6 is the quickest Apple has ever announced for the Apple Watch.

Previously, Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 5 and its pre-order date was on the same day, September 10, 2019. It took ten days for the Watch Series 5 to be released worldwide on September 20, 2019.

However, with postal delays and other unknown variables, you should expect some delays when awaiting your new Apple Watch Series 6.

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Apple Watch Series 6 vs. Apple Watch Series 5

Key Differences

Series 6 Series 5
Price Starting at $399 Available at authorized resellers
Display Always-On Retina OLED Always-On Retina OLED
Battery Life 18 Hours 18 Hours
Altimeter Always-On Altimeter Barometric Altimeter
Blood Oxygen Sensor Yes N/A
Processing Chip S6 S5

Design and Size

The Apple Watch Series 6 and Series 5 don't have too many design differences. They share approximately the same dimensions, and both are equipped with the Always-On Retina OLED display. The Always-On feature ensures that your Apple Watch is always available for checkups.

However, the Series 6 does keep the display on at 2.5x the brightness that the Series 5 does. The upgraded display means that you'll be able to see your screen more clearly in sunlight and while outdoors. On the other hand, both screens' clarity and resolution will be the same.

Battery

While the battery life for both the Apple Watch Series 6 and Series 5 is the same, the Series 6 battery is still probably better. With a bright Always-On screen and more background functions on standby, the Series 6 processes more while even lasting 18 hours on a full charge.

Furthermore, charging the Series 6 is faster too. You can get a full charge of the Series 6 by charging it for just 1.5 hours. Meanwhile, it'll take you 2.5 hours of charging to charge your Series 5 fully.

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Health Tracking

While the Apple Watch Series 5 features the barometric altimeter, the Series 6 showcases the always-on altimeter. The always-on altimeter makes it more convenient to track your altitude. It also matches well with the brand-new sensor available on the Series 6.

The Series 6 comes with a blood oxygen sensor. This sensor uses green, red, and infrared LEDs and four photodiodes to measure your blood's O2 level. If you have concerns about your cardiovascular health, the Series 6 is the device for you.

With watchOS 7, both the Series 6 and Series 5 receive upgrades. Users for either watch models will get new workout modes, statistics on their health, and the brand-new sleep tracking app. All of these will help you maintain or improve your health standards.

Processing Chip

Whereas the Series 5 runs on the S5 chip, the Series 6 makes its respective adjustment and uses the S6 chip. The S6 chip, based on the iPhone 11's A13 chip, helps the Series 6 run 20% faster than the Series 5.

Although it is faster, the Series 5's S5 chip is nothing to scoff about. It still delivers fast and smooth performance while maintaining a host of beautiful features. However, for the fastest Apple Watch speeds on the market, go with the Series 6.

Customization

Undoubtedly, the Apple Watch Series 6 is more customizable than the Series 5. With three new band options and unique watch faces, the Series 6 can be made to be more personal to you.

The three new band options are the Solo Loop, the Braided Solo Loop, and the Leather Link. The former two are made from silicone and are smooth, giving off a simple look. Meanwhile, the Leather Link is classier on the wrist and attaches using magnets.

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Apple Watch Series 6 vs. Apple Watch SE

Key Differences

Series 6 SE
Price Starting at $399 Starting at $279
Display Always-On Retina OLED Retina OLED
Finishes Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Titanium Aluminum
Blood Oxygen Sensor Yes N/A
Processing Chip S6 S5

Design and Size

From a design perspective, the Apple Watch Series 6 and SE have more similarities than expected. Both watches have 40mm and 44mm options and use Retina OLED displays.

However, the Series 6's Retina OLED display is always-on, so you don't have to continually turn the device on and off to check on it. In fact, that could be damaging to the battery life of the SE. Also, you can pick from Aluminum, Stainless Steel and Titanium finish for your Series 6. If you get the SE, you'll only be able to get an Aluminum finish.

The Series 6 also offers two more colors than the SE with Blue and (PRODUCT) Red. Both are available with the Aluminum finish. However, you can get the brand-new Solo Loop, Braided Solo Loop, or Leather Link on both models.

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Blood Oxygen Sensor

One significant upgrade that is exclusively available on the Series 6 is the Blood Oxygen Sensor. It tracks O2 levels in your bloodstream through green, red and infrared LEDs and four photodiodes.

If you're very interested in your cardiovascular health, then the Series 6 is the device for you. The Apple Watch SE, on the other hand, can provide you with valuable information on everything else, making it still a formidable tool to have on hand.

Processing Chip

The Apple Watch Series 6 uses the latest S6 chip while the SE uses the S5 chip, found on the Series 5. The S6 chip delivers the fastest performance of any Apple Watch, 20% faster than the SE. It can also maintain its 18-hour battery life, despite its improved performance.

However, the S5 chip is still a powerful chip capable of handling a significant number of tasks.

It can withstand almost everything the Series 6 can. The glaring exceptions are the Always-On display and the Blood Sensor. Either way, you'll be getting top-notch performance from either device. The difference is that the Series 6edges out the competition.

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