“The Watch Series 4 is the first consumer-grade wearable to come with EKG sensor” 

It’s that time of a year again… when Apple announces its latest hardware. Alongside a trio of new iPhones — the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max Apple also released its newest smartwatch at the event. Dubbed the Apple Watch Series 4, the latest wearable from the company comes with boatloads of new features, refreshed design and health capabilities that are aimed at changing the way we live out lives. Let us get cosy with the latest-gen Apple Watch, and what all it brings to the table. 

A larger estate while cutting down on bezels 

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As rumoured, Apple has slashed the bezels on the Watch Series 4 by a great extent. Interestingly, the display on the device is 30 percent larger, and yet, it’s slimmer than its predecessor. Furthermore, the new watch face on the wearable displays more information. There’s also a new speaker, which is 50 percent louder, and the mic has been relocated to the other side so as to minimise the echo. 

The crown on the Apple Watch Series 4 gets an overhaul as well. It now supports haptic feedback and doubles up as an EKG scanner. The back of the watch gets a black ceramic and sapphire crystal treatment. And in case you were bored by the usual watch faces, then the device has you covered as it comes with a suite of motion faces.

Health features galore

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Apple’s Watch series has been at the forefront when it comes to heart disorder diagnosis. In many cases, users sought further medical counsel once they found out discrepancies in their heartbeat pattern. The newest wearable comes laden with an algorithm that’s capable of detecting heart anomalies like the Atrial Fibrillation. All one needs to do is touch the Digital Crown and after 30 seconds, the Watch Series 4 will populate a heart rhythm classification. The watch is also capable of alerting the users if their heart rate exceeds or falls below a threshold.

Fall detection

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The Fall Detection feature of the Watch Series 4 detects a fall that measures up to 32 g-forces. This is done by analysing the wrist trajectory with custom algorithms. After the fall, the watch sends for an alert. Not just that, in the case, the Apple Watch senses immobility it immediately informs the emergency services and sends a message to your emergency contacts. A nifty feature indeed.

ECG reading

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ECG (Electrocardiography) is one of the many ways in which you can ascertain the health of your heart. The Apple Watch Series 4 comes with an ECG app that uses electrodes built into the Digital Crown, alongside the heart rate sensor at the back. All one needs to do is place their fingers on the Crown. Adding to that, all the recordings and the classifications will be stored in Health app and the PDF can be shared with the physicians for further diagnosis.  

Fitness-centric features 

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Thanks to watchOS 5, the all-new Apple Watch gets a host of fitness features. The Activity competition lets you challenge your friends and family while the automatic workout detection is now capable of identifying hiking and yoga activities. And with the increased battery life, fitness freaks should be able to use the Watch for an entire day.

The Apple Watch now connects people

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The Walkie-Talkie feature is yet another novelty that comes with the Watch Series 4. Users can now reach out to their friends with a simple tap on the wrist. The walkie-talkie feature works by connecting over Wi-Fi or cellular. Other than that, the latest smartwatch from Apple also offers a better integration with third-party apps like Dexcom and Streaks. The Siri watch face now offers shortcuts and actionable content from the third party apps.

The under-the-hood upgrades 

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The Apple Watch Series 4 comes powered by the 64-bit dual-core S4 chipset. The company claims that the new chip is capable of twice the performance as opposed to its predecessor, along with offering an all-day battery life. 

The Apple Watch Series 4 is offered on 40mm and 44mm options. The price of the GPS model of the smartwatch starts at $399 (~Rs 28,500), while the GPS + LTE variant carries a sticker price of $499 (~Rs 36,000). The watches will be available to buy in select regions from September 21st, though there’s no confirmation if and when the Watch Series 4 will be making its way to our shores.