The Apple Watch Series 6 has been officially presented, and there were actually more innovations than expected: In addition to the SpO2 sensor for measuring the oxygen content in the blood, there is also an altimeter that is always-on display brighter than before and the S6 SiP based on the Apple A13 Bionic is even faster than its predecessor.
At today’s Apple event, the Apple Watch Series 6 and the cheaper Apple Watch SE were finally introduced, and as it turns out, the leaks were only partially correct – the SpO2 sensor for measuring the oxygen content in the blood is included and the design has changed. Apart from new colors, hardly anything has changed, but there are even more innovations.
For many customers, the improved display should be particularly exciting, which should be 2.5 times brighter than the Series 5 in the inactive always-on mode – that should make a significant difference, especially in sunlight, so that the time is much more visible. The battery life should remain at 18 hours despite the brighter display, and individual workouts should now consume even less energy. The charging process can be completed in just 1.5 hours in the new Apple 6 Watch model.
In addition to the SpO2 sensor and the altimeter, the new Watch with watchOS 7 can also determine the VO2max value. The U1 chip, which is also used in the iPhone 11, is also new – according to Apple, the chip in the Watch Series 6 will in future be used, among other things, to unlock cars.
Inside, a new S6 System in a Package (SiP) works, which is based on the A13 Bionic from the iPhone 11 and is said to be around 20 percent faster than the S5 in the previous model. In order to protect the environment, the new Apple Watch 6 2020 model is delivered without a charger – this is supposed to save as much CO2 as 50,000 cars cause annually – if you don’t have a USB charger, you have to buy one separately. Apple is offering the Apple Series 6 Watch in four new colors and with two new straps.
Apple Watch Series 6 price and availability
The Apple Watch Series 6 can be pre-ordered now on the Bhphotovideo.com website, with delivery starting on September 22nd. Pricing starts from $399 for the 40 mm aluminum Apple Watch, the 44 mm model costs $30 more, for the LTE modem an extra charge of $100 is due.