With excellent performance, potentially life-saving health and fitness tracking features, the Apple Watch Series 6 is one of the best smartwatch options around.
Looking at Apple Watch Series 6 it’s hard to see any differences compared to the previous models, except the wristband and the case color. Apple hasn’t made any changes to the size of the gadget. That being said, the 40mm model has a 1.57-inch display with 394×324 pixels, while the 44mm Series 6 has a 1.73-inch display with 448×368 pixels.
The new colors are more attractive and the gadget looks beautiful with the new navy blue and red hues. The smartwatch is ultra-comfortable to wear thanks to the large range of strap options. The Solo Loop and Solo Braided Loop are two new styles that come with no clasps, buckles, or overlapping parts that are so easy to slip on and off your wrist.
Also, it’s lightweight and you can barely feel it weighing down your wrist. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that you are wearing it.
On the rear, you’ve got two sensors. First, the blood oxygen saturation sensor monitors your level of SpO2. The second, the electrical heart sensor enables the ECG app and monitors your regular heart rate. The gadget can alert you if things get higher or lower than normal.
The Apple Watch Series 6 is water-resistant up to 165 feet or 50 meters. It’s safe to wear it while you’re taking a shower or even swimming in the pool. You shouldn’t, however, wear it while doing water sports like scuba diving or “other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth”, as Apple is recommending.
Performance, display, and battery
Apple’s change includes the latest S6 chip, which is up to 20% faster than the Apple Watch Series 5 and beats even the best performance from other rival smartwatches on the market.
The display uses OLED technology which enables incredible contrast between black and white tones. It’s 2.5 times brighter than the previous Series 5 when outdoors, making it easier to see in bright sunlight.
With the Always-On display, you don’t have to raise your wrist to check the time or any alerts or notifications. The gadget is fully waked, but this also means the battery will empty faster. Even with this, you can still reach up close to 36 hours of battery life. Also, the battery has been improved for tracking workouts like indoor and outdoor runs.
When it comes to charging, the Apple Watch can be charged to full in 1.5 hours.
Blood Oxygen Sensor and App
The new gadget expands the health capabilities of previous Apple Watch models. It comes with a blood oxygen sensor and an accompanying app to give you a better way to monitor your heart and respiratory health.
Oxygen saturation, also known as SpO2, represents the percentage of oxygen being carried by red blood cells from your lungs to other parts of the body. Blood oxygen levels between 95 and 100% are considered healthy. When a low level is detected, or when the blood oxygen saturation falls below a certain threshold, the Apple Watch will trigger a notification that will alert you of the current heart rate and oxygen level.
Also, low blood oxygen levels have been linked to coronavirus (Covid-19) because the illness affects both lungs’ ability to take in oxygen. The SpO2 levels have been used by doctors to assess the severity of the disease.
The Series 6 model runs on the latest version of Apple’s WatchOS 7.
The software makes the gadget more powerful and more personal than ever before. The update includes new ways to discover and share watch faces, sleep tracking, automatic handwashing detection, and new types of workout.
With Family Setup you can stay connected to your loved ones. Kids can call and text their parents, talk to Siri, or listen to music. They can also use the new Memoji app to create Memojin and that’s fun.
One interesting feature is the Apple Cash Family where parents can transfer money onto their child’s Apple Watch. So now, the kids can use Apple Pay with funds provided by their parents.
There’s a handwashing detection feature that’s very useful during these times. Apparently, it wasn’t created in response to the Covid-19 pandemic but its presence on the Apple Watch 6S is definitely a good thing. The feature automatically detects when you’re washing your hands and starts a 20-second timer.