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Apple Watch Series 4 with larger display and ECG scanner goes official

“The Apple Watch Series 4 comes with haptic feedback and a new digital crown”

At its “Gather Round” event at Steve Jobs Theatre, the first product that Apple has unveiled is the Watch Series 4. The Cupertino tech giant’s latest smartwatch brings the first major design change since the device’s inception. The newest Apple Watch’s display has been pushed towards the edges, allowing the brand to fit 30 percent more screen real estate on the device. Thanks to a bigger screen, the Apple Watch Series 4 is able to show more information through Apple’s built-in app complications.

One of the biggest highlights of the Apple Watch Series 4 is that the device can perform an ECG and detect atrial fibrillation. The wearable can detect when the user’s heart rate is too low. Notably, the Watch Series 4 is also certified by the FDA. To perform a full ECG from the Watch, you just have to open the dedicated ECG app and hold your finger on the crown of the watch for 30 seconds. The accessory can detect electrical impulses from the heart and process the pulses, thanks to the built-in algorithm.

The latest Apple smartwatch utilises a next-gen accelerometer and gyroscope, which is capable of measuring up to 32 g-forces. The watch can detect in case the wearer has taken a fall by analysing wrist trajectory and impact acceleration. If the watch detects immobility for a minute after alerting, it will automatically call emergency services and send a text along with the location to emergency contacts.

Moving on, the Apple Watch Series 4 comes in two sizes – 40mm and 44mm. The Digital Crown of the wearable is now equipped with haptic feedback, which delivers a more mechanical and responsive feel through the sensation of incremental clicks. The speaker of the smartwatch is now 50 percent louder, and is optimised for calls, Siri assistant, and the new Walkie-Talkie feature. The accessory’s microphone has been relocated, which now reduces echo to deliver better sound quality.

Talking about the other features, the Watch Series 4 has been powered by the next-gen S4 chip, with a custom 64-bit dual-core processor. The device is said to deliver twice the performance while maintaining the same all-day battery life as compared to its predecessor. The watchOS UI has been redesigned to take advantage of the bigger screen. The smartwatch now also offers a new watch face with eight complications, and some other faces that can let users interact more with the screen.

As for the pricing, the Apple Watch Series 4 is priced at $399 for the GPS variant, and $499 for the GPS+Cellular model. Starting September 14th, the two variants of the smartwatch will be available to order in 26 and 16 countries respectively. Both variants will go on sale in stores starting September 21st. As of now, it’s not clear when the brand is planning to launch the smartwatch in India. It’s worth mentioning that the Apple Watch Series 3 will now be available at a reduced starting price of $279.

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