Apple Watch Series 4 Launched With Bigger Display, ECG Capability
Apple on Wednesday announced the launch of the fourth generation of its Apple Watch at an event in the company’s Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park, Cupertino. The latest smart-watch from Apple comes with a new design and larger display – one with thinner bezels compared to last year’s model. Other highlights include a ceramic build, optical heart sensor, swim-proof capabilities, and more.
At the launch event, CEO Tim Cook claimed that the Apple Watch is the highest selling watch in the world. The company is focusing on connectivity, fitness, and health as the three core elements of its smart-watch strategy. “Apple Watch has become an intelligent guardian for your health,” said Jeff Williams, COO, Apple.
Apple Watch Series 4 price
The Apple Watch Series 4 priced at Rs. 28,700 for the GPS-only, non-Cellular variant and Rs. 35,900 for the variant with both GPS and Cellular capabilities. This pricing is the same as that of last year’s Apple Watch Series 3. The latest Series 4 will be available for pre-orders starting September 14 and will go on sale starting September 21 in 26 markets at launch for the GPS-only variant, and 16 markets for the GPS+Cellular variant at launch. Apple’s new watchOS 5 will be available for other Apple Watch models starting September 17.
It will be available in a brand-new Gold stainless finish apart from Silver and Space Grey. Backward compatible is available on the part of wristbands.
Apple Watch Series 4 specifications, features
The display on the Series 4 is 30 percent larger than last year’s model and comes in new 40mm and 44mm casing options, that are claimed to fit in a smaller footprint than last year’s variants. In terms of design, the latest Apple Watch Series 4 resembles the Series 3 except the near-edge-to-edge design new placement of its microphone for echo reduction.
The smartwatch features the new Apple S4 SoC which contains a 64-bit dual-core processor and a new GPU, with up to two times faster performance when compared to the Series 3. The Series 4 also has a next-gen accelerometer and gyroscope with up to 2x dynamic range and up to 32 g-forces.
The Digital Crown now gets haptic feedback that helps navigate easily in apps like Calendar and Podcasts. Williams also said the back of the new Apple Watch is made entirely of black ceramic and sapphire crystal.
The Apple Watch Series 4 comes with built-in fall detection that can alert emergency services and SOS contacts immediately. Other additions include a ‘low heart rate’ notification, alerts for atrial fibrillation, and electrocardiogram (ECG). Williams stated this is the first ECG product available over the counter, directly to the customer. These new health features will be available for US customers later this year.