Apple Watch Series 6 : release date, prices, news, all you need to know
The Apple Watch Series 6 was introduced on September 15, 2020. This new model benefits from many new features compared to Series 5, starting with the integration of an oxygen sensor in the direction. It also features the all-new Apple S6 chip, which is more powerful. Here is everything you need to know about the new connected watch.
Leader in the connected watches market, Apple is trying to confirm its grip on the sector in 2020 and 2021 with the marketing of theApple Watch Series 6. The new connected lift follows the design of its predecessors. No revolution on this side like every year, but several new features.
What is the release date of Apple Watch Series 6?
The Apple Watch Series 6 will be available on Friday, September 18, 2020. Pre-orders for the connected watch have been launched in the wake of the Apple keynote of September 15. Despite the Covid-19 crisis, the Series 6 arrives on time, unlike the iPhone 12 whose release has been postponed to October.
What is the price of the Apple Watch Series 6?
The Apple Watch Series 6 is available from €429 for the silver case in 40 mm and WiFi versions. The 44 mm case costs €459. The 4G version is available at €529 for the 40 mm case and €559 for the 44 mm case. As for the blue aluminium version, it is offered from €479 and €509 respectively for the 40 and 44 mm WiFi versions and €579 and €609 for the 4G + WiFi versions.
Finally, we come to the gold stainless steel version, the most expensive one. It is only available in the WiFi + 4G version at a price of €779 and €809 respectively for the 40 and 44 mm WiFi models. There are also two other versions in black titanium and red. But they are not yet available on the Apple website. To sum up :
- Apple Watch Series 6 stainless steel silver WiFi: 429 € (40 mm) and 459 € (44 mm)
- Apple Watch Series 6 stainless steel silver WiFi + 4G: €529 (40 mm) and €559 (44 mm)
- Apple Watch Series 6 steel aluminium blue WiFi: €479 (40 mm) and €509 (44 mm)
- Apple Watch Series 6 steel aluminium blue WiFi + 4G : 579 € (40 mm) and 609 € (44 mm)
- Apple Watch Series 6 stainless steel gold (WiFi + 4G) : 779 € (40 mm) and 809 € (44 mm)
Which display and design for the Apple Watch Series 6?
Apple likes to look in the past right now. We noticed it with the iPhone: the iPhone SE taking the chassis of the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 12 which would be inspired by the design of the iPhone 4. On the connected watches, Apple is also betting on what worked in the past. The Apple Watch Series 6 thus takes the usual design of the range, in this case the one introduced by the Series 4 and maintained with the Apple Watch Series 5.
The case of the Apple Watch Series 6 is made of stainless steel and is available in three colours: silver, blue and gold, with the latter obviously available at a higher price. The watch also has a new bracelet called “Solar Loop” made of a single piece of silicone. It is also available in a woven version.
One of the rumors about the Apple Watch Series 6 is the switch from an OLED display to an microLED display but it didn’t materialize in the end. The microLED would have offered a perfect compromise between brightness, autonomy and contrast. For more information on this subject, we refer you to our big dossier on the differences between screen technologies. But the Apple Watch will probably have to wait at least another year.
What is the battery life for the Apple Watch Series 6?
This is undoubtedly the main weak point of Apple’s connected watches: their battery melts like snow in the sun. In many cases, the user has to recharge the battery every day to prevent it from running down. This is a problem that has been consistently found in all models so far.
Apple announces 18-hour battery life for Series 6This makes it possible to use it for a whole day without going through the refill box. It will take you about 1 hour to charge it to 80% and about 1.5 hours to reach 100%.
The Apple S6 chip
The Apple Watch Series 6 is powered by the SoC Apple S6. The S6 SiP with 64-bit dual-core processor is up to 20% faster than the Apple Watch Series 5 S5, providing an even smoother experience despite the arrival of a new sensor and new features that make the OS heavier.
Apple Watch Series 6: measuring the oxygen level in the blood
Following the Series 5 Fall Detection and ECG, the Apple Watch Series 6 introduces the measurement of oxygen in the blood with a dedicated sensor and application. Of course, the electrocardiogram is back, as are a host of options for monitoring your activities and your health.
Apple explains that blood oxygenation rate is a measure that helps you understand how your body absorbs oxygen, but also helps you assess how much oxygen it is receiving. With the sensor and tracking application, you can check your blood oxygen level at any time of the day or night.
We’ve been talking about it for a long time, the Apple Watch Series 6 will be able to measure the oxygen level in the blood (SpO2). If the rate is deemed too low (below 80%), the wearer of the watch will be notified. The oxygen level in the blood must be between 95% and 100%.
Features introduced by WatchOS 7
WatchOS 7 also gives us an overview of the new features of the Apple Watch Series 6, with new options for tracking activity and monitoring your health status. In particular, Apple offers a hearing health feature, extended support for activities training, improved sleep monitoring.
And to be even more useful in the context of the Covid-19 crisis, a new automatic handwashing detection feature also makes its arrival. Finally, Apple Maps now has cycling routes in some cities for those who enjoy cycling.
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