It has never been clear why
Watch exists. It does many things, absolutely: delivering alerts, tracking fitness, making phone calls, helping you pay for things and more. The phone does all the same things fine, though, so why spend hundreds on another gadget you need to charge all the time?
With the new Apple Watch Series 4 of $ 399, the company announced Wednesday on an event on its monolithic new composition in Cupertino, California, Apple offers the most compelling thing yet for Watch to make iPhone unable to: help supervise and track your health in deep, medical useful ways. [1
Since You Watch Your Watch On your wrist, where sensors affect your skin all day, it is able to gather a remarkable amount of information about your vitals. The new model could take an electrocardiogram, known to most as an ECG, which measures the electrical activity in your heart and can be used to identify atrial fibrillation, a common heart disease. It's a relatively easy exam, but usually one you need to go to the doctor for. With the recently approved Food and Drug Administration Clock App, you can read about 30 seconds and share the results later. I was able to demo it and it worked. The ECG app will not be released until later this fall.
Even if you do not take ECG, the new Watch periodically monitors your heart rate and will alert you if it is worryingly high or low, or if it detects an irregular rhythm (another function later in the fall).
The Series 4 Watch can even detect when you've fallen down, something that sounds potentially invaluable in a "I've fallen and I can not stand up" the courage of dangerous pranks).
Apple leaders at the event said they only begin to wipe the surface of what is possible with this medical information. Because Apple Watch is a device people actually want to wear, not any fight with medical doohickey attached to the upper arm, people will probably carry it more and get more out of their surveillance and surveys.
Even if you do not care about the health features of the Series 4, it is much noticeable, the larger screen. There is also a new processor that Apple says does watch up twice as fast as its predecessor. Using it felt faster and smoother than ever.
Instead of getting in 38 mm and 42 mm bags, it is now 40 mm and 44 mm. Millimeters are sitting on your wrist and the higher case felt noticeably bigger when I put it on, but because the new one is thinner than previous models, it also felt a bit more comfortable. I suspect it will still wear my shirt sleeve.
Apple filled the larger screen with more things than you've ever seen in an Apple Watch. You can add as many as eight "complications" to some faces, giving you lots of information every time you look at the device. To see a timer, the weather, time in Tokyo, the moon's cycle, your calendar, and your activity statistics every time you raise your wrist, you'll love the whole room to do it. I found it too busy in my demo. Fortunately, there are many other new faces, many of them not quite so intense. One depicting a floating metal loop pool under the ticking hands was particularly fascinating to see.
Complications are part of Apple's wider effort to do everything on Watch happen in fewer steps. Tapping menus is miserable on the small device, but using Siri to launch programs or doing simple tasks works quite well. It's easier for the new model to act on a notice, instead of opening an app. This clock seems to be to look at, more than tapping, which feels right.
If you have an older Watch-all than the original, you can update to WatchOS 5 on September 17th and get many of these software improvements.
It also features features like Walkie-Talkie, which you can use for fast chatting without having to call, and new fitness settings for yoga and hiking. You can get your Watch Track at a fast pace and alert you if you go too fast or slow, or set up uncomplicated competitions with other Watch users to see who's exercising the most. And if you're more fortunate by Terry Gross than Kanye West, you can listen to podcasts directly from Watch.
I'm most interested in Watch's new ability to automatically trigger training tracking. I was not able to make a spontaneous vinyasa in my orientation, unfortunately, so I have to test it later.
We must test Apple Watch Series 4 to see if it really means that the new model has a higher speaker, or if all the new functionality does not really damage the battery life. (Apple says that the battery life of the Series 4 is the same, but it lasts longer during the workout.)
I would still like that Watchen always had a screen that would show the time without dramatically increasing my wrist. I'd rather have more apps that also work on the clock, instead of calling the phone. And we must test and see if any of Apple's mobile connection issues remain.
Even now, the Watch concept seems a little complicated. It's to talk to your friends … and track ticker? It is to pay on
… and training for a marathon? Apple's idea is that by creating a device that does everything, it can do more because you want to use it more. I'm still confused by it all. But it seems to be the best, yet the best version of anything.
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