New iPhone models were not the only biggest announcements by Apple at their Special Event. A brand new Apple Watch, the Series 4 was announced with an all-new display, fitness and health capabilities, and more. However, New Zealand will at this stage still miss out on GPS + Cellular models.
Apple Watch Series 4 will be available for pre-order this Friday the 14th, and in stores and online in New Zealand on Friday, the 21st of September.
Apple Watch Series 4
This release Apple has re-engineered and included an all-new display for the first time since Apple Watch was announced. While the original iconic design is still there, it is now thinner and has displays that are 30% larger – a significant increase for its product type. But Apple has achieved this by making the case-size and physical size of the watch smaller.
“The completely redesigned Apple Watch Series 4 continues to be an indispensable communication and fitness companion, and now with the addition of groundbreaking features, like fall detection and the first-ever ECG app offered directly to consumers, it also becomes an intelligent guardian for your health.” – Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer
Apple has also refined the back, with a new black ceramic and sapphire crystal finish which allows radio waves to easily pass through. This allows for better cellular service. The Digital Crown now also includes haptic feedback, for a better mechanical and responsive feel.
New Health Features
Apple Watch is known to be a great product for tracking health and fitness. For the first time, it will be possible to take ECG readings, allowing you to receive a heart rhythm classification. This can then be viewed in your Health App, stored as a PDF, and can be shared with physicians.
Unfortunately, at launch, this will be US-only but Apple promises it’s working on an International availability. This is because Apple has had to go to the FCC in the US to get approval – meaning Apple Watch is increasingly becoming a medical device, therefore, needs approval.
Lastly, Apple Watch Series 4 can now detect falls. The watch analyses wrist trajectory and impact acceleration to detect a fall. If one does happen and Apple Watch detects no movement for 60 seconds after a notification is given, it will automatically call emergency services.
While in the future I will look into the Series 4 in more detail, here are a summary of updates:
- Largest Apple Watch display yet that is 30% larger
- Smaller and thinner case size
- Re-engineered Digital Crown with haptic feedback
- New electrical heart sensor (US only at launch)
- Low and high heart rate notifications
- Fall detection and Emergency SOS
- New yoga and hiking workouts
- Advanced features for runners like cadence and pace alerts
- watchOS 5 at launch, and lots more
Pricing and Release
In New Zealand, the new Apple Watch Series 4 starts at NZ$699 with GPS connectivity. While models with GPS and Cellular/LTE remain unavailable in New Zealand. Hopefully Apple will work with a NZ-based carrier soon.
There are three aluminium finishes to choose from in silver, gold, and space grey. And three stainless steel finishes including a new gold colour, space black, and steel. All finishes are available in 40mm and 44mm size, and all existing and new Watch Bands will fit the Series 4.
All models will be available for pre-order this Friday at 5:01 pm AEST from Apple online. It will then be available in stores and from Apple’s online store from Friday the 21st of September.
As usual, Apple will be offering free delivery and 14-day free returns exclusively from their online store.