Apple Watch 6 | First Thoughts

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Apple Watch 6 – First Thoughts

Apple’s online launch of the Watch 6 and Watch SE was a slick affair. Polished presentations have been a staple diet from Apple over the years and today was no exception. However, I suspect that if Garmin had shown so few headline improvements then they would have been slated rather than lauded.

That sounds a bit negative, compounded by Apple being 1-2 years behind the curve with this tech, however they tend to get the tech RIGHT. There were some interesting twists and turns in the presentation, so let’s go…I’m going to miss bits out like new bands and memoji watchfaces, mainly because I have a life.

New Apple Models

As expected there is a new, lower-priced Watch SE model which accompanies the Watch 6. However, the interesting twist here is that Apple intends to keep the Watch 3 selling, so here’s the full current range

Watch 6 is faster and comes with a new processor (S6), whereas the Watch SE keep the previous generation, S5/S4, processor. These all come with 44mm and 40mm case/screen options and both GPS+cellular and GPS-only options.

In terms of the hardware…that’s mostly it folks, despite what the presentation hyped. Nevertheless, there are some nuances

On the software side, we get all the goodies from Watch OS7 released earlier in the year. However, there are some significant new moves around the ability of kids to have their own watches without the need for a dedicated iPhone. There’s also a FITNESS+ subscription service which lets you broadcast workout stats to an Apple screen whilst following a pre-chosen, tailored workout covering 10 workout types. Finally, the FITNESS+ service is itself bundled into the wider Apple One offering that covers Apple’s other services like TV and Music.

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