New Apple Watch Series 4 puts health front and centre

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Apple kicked off its Special Event last night by introducing the latest iteration of its smartwatch lineup with the Apple Watch Series 4.

While this new device looks a lot like its predecessor, Apple has made a number of subtle changes to the design of the Series 4, along with integrating a new processor and refreshing the UI.

Health is also a big focus with the Apple Watch Series 4. The breathe app for example can be used as a watch face, and speaking of which a number of new “dynamic” watch faces have been added to this mix.

As for the other health-specific elements of the Apple Watch Series 4, the smartwatch has a new accelerometer that is able to detect if a user takes a particular nasty fall. This feature in particular could come in handy for the elderly, or perhaps a user that has been in a cycling or motorbike accident.

Added to this is an improved optical and electrode sensor on the back of the Series 4 and its crown. The former will allow the smartwatch to detect if the wearer has an irregular heartbeat, along with being able to take an electrocardiogram (ECG).

Again this falls in line with the patient care benefits that Apple has been punting for its Watch lineup for some time now.

Shifting to the specifications, the Apple Watch Series 4 will come in 40mm and 44mm, with a new S4 chipset running things at twice the processing capabilities to that of the previous model. It’s also swimproof, although depth and time of use is not mentioned yet, along with Bluetooth 5.0 and a 30 percent larger display.

The Apple Watch Series 4 goes on pre-order Stateside on 17th September, starting at $399 for the GPS and $499 for the cellular version. Sadly no word on when South Africa will be receiving, but it will likely be in time for the festive season.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.