Apple made it clear at the start of the evening: today we are talking about two products – the Apple Watch and the iPad. No new iPhone. In a pre-produced movie, Apple showcased the new Apple Watch Series 6 and a whole new product line within its smartwatch line: the Apple Watch SE.
Over the past few years, Apple has consistently produced and released elaborate videos for the new Apple Watch. The iPhone company has always shown films about people who benefit from Apple Watch technology. Apple often shows people with disabilities, athletes, and people who got to the bottom of things with the Apple Watch.
Apple Watch Series 6 now measures blood oxygen saturation (SPO2)
The new Apple Watch Series 6 will come in new case colors. Apple launched a Blue Apple Watch and a Product Red with an iconic red case. Visually, new straps for the watch will also be available. Apple will offer silicone or woven fabric straps without clasps. Apple calls the bracelets “Solo-Loop-Bands”.
In the new Apple Watch 6, Apple presents the new sensor for measuring the oxygen content of the blood. Apple Watch Series 6 measures the concentration of oxygen in the blood using infrared sensors. A function already offered by other manufacturers of connected watches. Like the Withings Move ECG.
By measuring the oxygen saturation in the blood, the new Apple Watch 6 can detect the first signs of heart defects, for example. In addition to measuring the heart rate, Apple wants to be able to detect the first symptoms of diseases even better.
The Apple Watch 6 also has a better, brighter display with a real-time altimeter. The display of the watch is said to be two and a half times brighter than the Apple Watch 5. Apple has introduced many new Apple Watch Faces, which were developed with and without artists. watchOS 7 allows this. watchOS 7 also enables new watch faces for surfers, photographers or doctors on the Apple Watch.
Pre-orders are already open and the Apple Watch Series 6 is sold for 429 € or or 529 € if you want the 4G cellular version.
Apple Watch SE: a cheap variant for everyone
The new Apple Watch SE replaces the Watch 3 sold for 220 euros and comes with all new Apple bracelets, but with the S5 chip from the previous year’s model. Otherwise, the “affordable” Apple Watch SE comes with all the sensors that the Apple Watch 6 offers – except the sensor for measuring the oxygen content of the Apple Watch 6 and comes without ECG measurement and without permanent display or always on display.
The Apple Watch 6 will retail for $ 399, while the Apple Watch SE will be available for $ 199. In US, it will cost 299 euros and pre-orders are already open.
What do you think of this more “affordable” model that the Apple Watch SE is supposed to be?