Apple announced Watch Series 6 with featuring a Blood Oxygen sensor and app, also Fitness bundle. Apple Watch Series 6 made major improvements in hardware, including a faster S6 System in Package (Sip) and next-generation always-on altimeter, a beautiful palette of new case finishes, and bands. And rest of the watchOS 7 features (Check out here), that we saw in WWDC 2020 event.
Apple Watch Series 6 now available to pre-order at $399, and shipments will start from Friday, September 18, 2020.
watchOS 7 bring Family Setup, sleep tracking, automatic hand-washing detection, new workout types, and the ability to curate and share watch faces, encouraging customers to be more active, stay connected, and better manage their health in new ways.
“Apple Watch Series 6 completely redefines what a watch can do,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “With powerful new features, including a Blood Oxygen sensor and app,1 Apple Watch becomes even more indispensable by providing further insight into overall well-being.”
Apple Watch Series 6 expands the health capabilities of previous Apple Watch models with a new feature that conveniently measures the oxygen saturation of the user’s blood, so they can better understand their overall fitness and wellness. Oxygen saturation, or SpO2, represents the percentage of oxygen being carried by red blood cells from the lungs to the rest of the body and indicates how well this oxygenated blood is being delivered throughout the body.
To compensate for natural variations in the skin and improve accuracy, the Blood Oxygen sensor employs four clusters of green, red, and infrared LEDs, along with the four photodiodes on the back crystal of the Apple Watch, to measure light reflected back from blood. Apple Watch then uses an advanced custom algorithm built into the Blood Oxygen app, which is designed to measure blood oxygen between 70 percent and 100 percent.
On-demand measurements can be taken while the user is still, and periodic background measurements occur when they are inactive, including during sleep. All data will be visible in the Health app, and the user will be able to track trends over time to see how their blood oxygen level changes.
Apple is partnering with researchers to conduct three health studies that include using Apple Watch to explore how blood oxygen levels can be used in future health applications. Apple will collaborate with the University of California, Irvine, and Anthem to examine how longitudinal measurements of blood oxygen and other physiological signals can help manage and control asthma.
Separately, Apple will work closely with investigators at the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research and the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at the University Health Network, one of the largest health research organizations in North America, to better understand how blood oxygen measurements and other Apple Watch metrics can help with the management of heart failure.
Finally, investigators with the Seattle Flu Study at the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine and faculty from the University of Washington School of Medicine will seek to learn how signals from apps on Apple Watch, such as Heart Rate and Blood Oxygen, could serve as early signs of respiratory conditions like influenza and COVID-19.
Apple made major improvements in performance through redesigned hardware in Watch Series 6, which packs even more features and power into the same impressively small design. Watch Series 6 uses a new dual-core processor based on A13 Bionic in iPhone 11, the upgraded S6 SiP runs up to 20 percent faster, with the same all-day 18-hours battery life.
Apple Watch Series 6 features the U1 chip and Ultra-Wideband antennas, that will enable short-range wireless location to support new experiences, such as next-generation digital car keys. Apple Watch Series 6 offers faster charging support and promises to fully charge in under 1.5 hours, and improved battery life for tracking certain workouts, such as indoor and outdoor runs.
Watch Series 6 enhanced an always-on Retina display up to 2.5 times brighter than Watch Series 5 outdoors when the user’s wrist is down, making it much easier to see a watch face in bright sunlight. When the wrist is down, the user can also now access Notification Center and Control Center, tap on complications, and swipe to change faces without having to wake their watch screen.
The next-generation always-on altimeter provides real-time elevation all day long by using a new, more power-efficient barometric altimeter, along with GPS and nearby Wi-Fi networks. This will detection of small elevation changes above ground level, up and down to the measurement of 1 foot, and can be shown as a new watch face compilation or workout metric.
Apple Watch Series 6 comes with stunning new cases and bands to suit every style preference. There is a new blue color joins silver, space gray, and gold aluminum case options, along with a (PRODUCT)RED Apple Watch with exclusive matching bright red bands. Stainless steel models are now available in graphite, a rich gray-black hue with a striking high-shine finish, and an updated classic yellow gold color. Apple Watch Edition is available in natural and space black titanium.
Now all total three-band styles offer customers innovative options that provide a tailored and comfortable fit without traditional clasps or buckles. The Ultralight Solo Loop introduces a continuous and stretchable band design that comes in two materials: soft silicone and braided yarn. A special UV treatment process used on the soft silicone of the Solo Loop creates a smooth, silky finish, while a precision-braiding machine interweaves the 16,000 polyester yarn filaments, made of 100 percent recycled material, with ultrathin silicone threads, that gives unique stretchability and a distinct look to the Braided Solo Loop.
A new sizing system offers nine available lengths for the Solo Loop styles. The Leather Link wraps elegantly around the wrist, effortlessly attaching on the other side with flexible molded magnets.
Apple Watch Nike now comes with new colors for the Nike Sport band and Nike Sport Loop, and a new Nike Compact watch face allows for multiple Nike Run Club complications. Apple Watch Hermès offers stainless steel cases in silver or space black paired with Single or Double Tour styles in an assortment of vibrant new colors. The fall collections also unveil the Hermès Attelage Single Tour and slimmer Attelage Double Tour bands, that will feature a refined connection to the case that reflects the brand’s equestrian heritage, and a new Hermès Circulaire watches face that offers increased options for complications.
With watchOS 7, customers can take personalization to the next level with seven new watch face options, including Stripes, Chronograph Pro, GMT, and Artist, while curating, discovering, and sharing new watch face configurations with others. New health and fitness features, including low-range VO2 Max, sleep tracking, automatic handwashing detection, and new workout types, can help users better understand overall well-being. Conveniently accessible on the wrist, Maps includes cycling directions and Siri offers language translation.