Apple unveiled its new Apple Watch Series 4 line of smartwatches today. This major design overhaul boasts a new, 30% larger screen that is practically edge to edge. Apple Watch users will be able to see more options in their watchOS 5 apps with this larger screen.
The digital crown will now include haptic feedback with the LTE red dot changing into an LTE red ring. The back of the Apple Watch is now ceramic and sapphire crystal.
Apple’s new dual-core 64-bit S4 processor was designed in house by the their silicon team for improved performance. The new Apple Watch will also have an updated accelerometer and gyroscope with built-in fall detection. The new fall detection will be able to trigger a call to emergency services in the event that you are immobile for a minute after a fall.
The biggest announcement, however, is the ability for the Apple Watch Series 4 to take an electrocardiogram or ECG. This is a first for any wearable product on the market and any ECG product offered over the counter to consumers. You can just open the app and press the digital crown to use the feature. The ECG app is FDA approved and backed by the American Heart Association.
With all these improvements, battery life for the Apple Watch Series 4 will be the same at 18 hours. New stainless and gold stainless finishes with be available and all existing bands will still work with the new watch.
Apple Watch Series 4 will be able for preorder on September 14, shipping on September 21, starting at $399 for the GPS version and $499 for the LTE version. Apple Watch S3 will still be available at a reduced price of $279. WatchOS 5 will be available to everyone starting September 17