At the Gather Round event today, the new Apple Watch models, available to order from Friday the 21st of September, were unveiled. The series 4 watches incorporate pioneering heart detection mechanisms, a thinner body and is available in sizes 40mm and 44mm with screens 30% larger than their series 3 counterparts.
The new heart detection features include the ability to take ECG (electrocardiogram) readings, in addition to low heart rate monitoring to detect reduced blood flow from the heart, and a heart rhythm system to detect atrial fibrillation. In addition, the speakers performance has been increased by 50%, and the microphone has been moved to ensure that echoes prevented.
As predicted, the back consists of ceramic and sapphire crystal, and the 64-bit Dual core S4 processor included in the series 4 enables it to function up to two times faster, and improved gyroscopic and technologies, as well as a faster accelerometer assist in the process of detecting falls, a new feature aimed at analysing trajectories and impact acceleration to assess the force of impact, and alert the emergency services should the user be rendered immobile for more than 60 seconds, otherwise providing the user with the option to make a call.
Both the 40mm and 44mm variants are available in GPS and GPS + cellular versions, and the Nike+ collection sports a redesigned Nike watch face to align with the brands new colours, the Hermès version incorporates watch faces that change colour with every passing minute. The pricing for the series 4 watches starts from $399 for GPS and $499 for LET, while the series 3’s price will be reduced to only $280 as of the release date (Friday the 12th of September).