Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Apple's latest Watch can sense falls and heart irregularities

Apple's chief operating officer Jeff Williams shows the new Apple Watch series Modal Trigger Apple's chief operating officer Jeff Williams shows the new Apple Watch series. AP
Lori Graves | 13 September, 2018, 06:17

Apple trotted out cardiologist Ivor Benjamin, who's also the president of the American Heart Association, during today's product showcase at the Steve Jobs Theatre to tout what he described as the "game-changing" Apple Watch Series 4 the company announced today.

Apple, meanwhile, made health a centerpiece of its Apple Watch 4 announcement: It highlighted features including fall detection and heart rate monitoring, among other features.

The Apple Watch 4 comes with an OLED panel which covers 30% more than its predecessors. The larger display means the device is slightly bigger as well, increasing by 2mm - so the Watch Series 4 is only available in 40mm and 44mm sizes, as opposed to the previous 38mm and 42mm sizes. Apple will continue to offer the Apple Watch Series 3 at a lower starting price of $279.

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Apple COO Jeff Williams described the new watch - Series 4 of which will be available to order starting September 14 - with some superhero-sounding language, calling it an "intelligent guardian for your health".

"Apple Watch has become an intelligent guardian for your health", said Jeff Williams, COO, Apple. There's no word on the India availability of the new Apple Watch Series 4. Watch Series 4 Global Positioning System option is priced starting at $399 in the USA, and it will be available in 26 markets globally at the time of launch. Apple Watch Series 4 will be available in silver, gold and space grey colours. This newest Apple Watch has an accelerometer and gyroscope inside, both of which are now "next-generation" according to Williams. The GPS+Cellular variant will cost $499 in 16 markets initially.

This new display has a 35% larger face for the smaller model, and a 32% larger face for the larger model.

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An app unlocking the wrist-based ECG functionality will be available to USA consumers later this year. Siri will then send a call automatically to emergency services or other nominated contact.

The all new Apple Watch 4 features a bigger screen, all new features and several great reasons to place your Apple Watch 4 pre-order this week.

The Apple Watch Series 4 will be available directly from Apple, either at brick-and-mortar Apple Store locations or online. When watchOS 5 is available to install next Monday (Sept. 17), the Series 3 will get numerous new fitness-tracking features the Series 4 will have, including automatic workout-tracking and one-on-one fitness challenges.

Apple's ECG has already been cleared by the FDA, which is a first for any company.

The watch will also be able to detect when the wearer is falling, a feature Apple say could help in emergencies. In the video, you can also see some of the UI tweaks and cool new watch faces, like the one with colorful animated steam or water splashing around.

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. Despite the power, it still has an 18 hour battery life.

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