The Apple Watch Series 6 is official, and brings bold new colors and a big new health feature. It was announced alongside the Apple Watch SE at the Apple Time Flies virtual event.
While Apple Watch has left the smartwatch world playing catchup since 2014, it’s the Series 6 that makes up ground this time.
Like many smartwatches in 2020, the Series 6 gets an SpO2 sensor to measure blood oxygen for the first time.
WatchOS 7 will also bring native sleep tracking to the mix, but as usual we got a host of new hardware features that make the Series 6 the most advanced Apple Watch we’ve seen to date.
The monitoring of blood oxygen has been a feature of smartwatches in 2020, and now the Apple Watch has the feature too.
The new red light sensor will monitor the color of the blood being reflected back, and thus the level of oxygen.
Sadly, battery life stays at 18 hours, although that does now include the use of SpO2 and nightly readings.
However, battery charge time has been slashed. A full charge now takes 1.5 hours, down from 2.5 on previous Apple Watch editions.
That means it’s easier for users to charge when they wake up and before leaving the house, or before bed, to keep all-day wear.
But clearly, it still lags devices like Fitbit Sense (six days) and the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro (14 days).
Not exclusively an Apple Watch Series 6 feature, the new Family Setup is essentially a kids mode, enabling you to give your children an Apple Watch even if they don’t have an iPhone.
Family Setup works for Apple Watch Series 4 and newer, for LTE editions only.
It means you can set up a second Apple Watch with your iPhone.
Features include the ability for the kids smartwatch to call/message approved contacts only, access GPS location data including alerts and School Time, which ensures it doesn’t disrupt lessons.
Source: Wearable, Google images, Marques Brownlee.