Apple Watch Series 4 launched; Price, features and more

Laverne Mann
September 13, 2018

Apple's new smartwatch operating system, watchOS 5.

The new Apple smartwatch now processes data up to eight times faster and will be able to detect when the user falls.

It also comes with a new watch face and new inputs, such as contacts, for one-tap access.

But, the new processor and speed doesn't come at the cost of battery life, with a claimed 18 hours of use between charges. We know someone with diabetes and if the Apple Watch ever became capable of monitoring blood glucose, he'd buy it straight away.

Various applications have been enhanced for the new device, and the Breathe app is now available as a standalone watch face for the device, synchronising dynamic images with your breathing. The Apple Watch Series 4 comes in case sizes of 40 and 44 millimeters - compared to 38 and 42 millimeters for the Series 3 and Series 2.

The screen size, for instance, has been increased and stretched out to all four corners of the display.

The display is 30% larger, and the watch body is thinner overall. The peak brightness level of 1000 nits is also being retained.

Apple's also made internal improvements to the Apple Watch Series 4 that won't be obvious when looking at the wearable, but should be when using it.

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Pricing has gone up a little from the Series 3.

The Jim bloke noted the Apple Watch Series 4 is "an intelligent guardian for your health" which seems pretty apt to be fair. One is that the button on the right side is now a bit less exposed. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb also jumped in to tout his agency's role in the clearance. This watch has a few little tweaks as well - like the microphone's location, moved further from the speaker.

Apple announced the Series 4 wearable at its Gather Round hardware event at its Cupertino campus. The GPS, non-cellular 40mm versions start at $599; 44mm versions start at $649. With its complete control over the Apple Watch's manufacturing process, down to the new S4 processor, Apple's advantage is readily apparent.

Williams says the new watch can detect when you've taken a hard fall, and automatically call emergency services if you don't respond to the alert.

Many users have held onto older Apple Watch models, and this represents a massive change to the device that could convince users to upgrade.

In addition, the Apple Watch Series 4 will have electrocardiogram (ECG) measuring capability that allows it to take ECG readings anytime. But this feature will only available in the U.S. and later this year.

The Apple Watch Series 4 will be available from 21 September, with orders starting this Friday, 14 September on Apple.com for the United Kingdom, or here for the US.

AT&T will kick off pre-orders for the Series 4 on September 14 at 12 a.m. PT at its retail stores, att.com/apple, and the myATT app. It's going on sale on September 21st in stores, but you can pre-order the Apple Watch 4 this week and get it delivered on the release date. Battery life remains the same. Apple Watch Series 3 base price is dropping to $279. Taking calls on the watch should be more clear with less echo.

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