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Apple unveils Watch with larger-display and FDA-approved EKG reader

13 September, 2018, 06:21 | Author: Lydia Fleming
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The highly-anticipated new models of Apple iPhones and watches were launched from the Steve Jobs Theatre at the company's new headquarters in Cupertino, California on Wednesday.

The new version, called Apple Watch Series 4, has larger screens that fit into the same overall watch sizes, and new health sensors and apps such as an electrocardiogram, or ECG, monitor.

Apple watch now also supports ECG, which improves the heart rate monitoring using electrodes added to the back of the device.

While its design might look similar to the previous three generations, the Series 4 is thinner and has a more than 30 per cent larger display, compared to its predecessors. The starting price for Apple Watch Series 3 drops to $279, starting now.

Inside the Apple Watch Series 4 is a new 64-bit dual-core S4 processor, which Apple claims offers up to 2x faster performance.

Apple Watch Series 4 sends the user an alert after a fall, which the can either dismiss or start a call to emergency services. The pre-orders start Friday and Watch Series 4 will be available from September 21.


The watch, Apple COO Jeff Williams said in a press release, now "becomes an intelligent guardian for your health". Apple says it's moved the Series 4's microphone to the opposite side of the speaker to reduce any echo effect as well.

The Apple Watch Series 4 will start at a $399 for the non-cellular Global Positioning System model, and the cellular-model will start at $499.

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will be available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB versions in space grey, silver and a new gold finish starting at Rs 99,900 and Rs 109,900, respectively. The software features updates for the workout tool on the watch, the ability to listen to podcasts while exercising, and a raft of changes to notifications to try to limit the information overload wearers can suffer. "With the app, users touch the Digital Crown and after 30 seconds, receive a heart rhythm classification", said Apple. Another model, with built-in cellular functions, will cost $499. With the bigger displays comes more room for complications, up to 8 of them. These new health features will be available for United States customers later this year. We're also unsure if the new Infograph watchface will be made available to older Apple Watch models as it appears to be optimized for larger screens. But Apple was the first company to accommodate smaller wrists with a 38mm smartwatch, and to get all of the advanced health features in the Series 4, there's no option under 40mm.

In addition, the display now runs to the edges rather than floats in a black bezel, so you get much more screen real estate for your money.

Various applications have been enhanced for the new device, and the Breathe app is now available as a standalone watch face for the device, synchronising dynamic images with your breathing. Apple says the FDA's signed off on all this new tech. Perhaps the one-day battery life is the reason why Apple has yet to add an always-on display feature to its smartwatches.

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