Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

Apple Watch Series 4 With Bigger Display, ECG Capability Launched

Apple Watch Series 4 With Bigger Display, ECG Capability Launched

The new Apple Watch Series 4 comes with a few more design tweaks.

"Apple Watch Series 4 is the ultimate guardian for your health, the best fitness companion, and the most convenient way to stay connected", Apple COO Jeff Williams during the press conference.

"New Watch faces are also in play, with more customisations to help connect with favourite contacts". Apple did this by pushing the screen farther out to the edges of the front of the device and has rounded.

All Apple Watches have previously been 38mm or 42mm models (referencing the display size), the new leak shows they will now measure 40mm and 44mm tall.

Apple Watch Series 4 also comes with massive display that extends to the edges of the device.

The speaker has been made 50 percent louder, and the microphone has been moved to the other side to reduce echo and improve call quality.

The new Apple Watch will come with watchOS 5, the latest version of the company's operating system for smartwatches, which will be available from 17 September. The Watch will have the 64-bit S4 chip and a new GPU, giving it twice the performance as the Apple Watch Series 3. With all new sensors, the watch can also detect when you accidentally fall.

"Apple watch can now screen your heart rate in the background and detect if users are suffering from arterial fribrilation, or an irregular heartbeat which could indicate certain health issues". The iPhone Xs also features improved water resistance and screen durability; dual SIM (for enabling two phone numbers on the same phone); a stainless-steel frame; and an extra half-hour of battery life over the iPhone X (which promises 12 hours of internet use).

A digital crown now with haptic feedback. If it senses you're immobile for more than a minute it starts informing emergency services. The Watch Series 4 will officially be available in stores on September 21.

The heart rate monitor is back in the rear, but in addition to an optical sensor, there is now an electrode array in the digital crown to produce electrocardiograms - endorsed by the American Heart Association and approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

The Series 4 has the same 18-hour battery life as the Series 3, Apple says.

Apple says every aspect of the OS have been created to take advantage of the new display space. You can therefore take ECG readings yourself, which are stored in the Health app on your iPhone and could be useful by your doctor if there is anything wrong.

But here's the thing: as cool as it may be, the Apple Watch Series 4 is also pricey.

Apple Watch Nike+ features redesigned Nike watch faces that match the new band colours. It'll be sold in space grey, gold, and silver.

United Kingdom pricing for Series 4 to follow. This newest Apple Watch has an accelerometer and gyroscope inside, both of which are now "next-generation" according to Williams.

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