Apple Watch Series 6 Overview Updated April 8, 2021

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The Apple Watch Series 6 is the most powerful smartwatch introduced by Apple so far. Available in aluminum, stainless steel, and titanium, the Watch features for the first time a blood-oxygen sensor and a brighter always-on display.

History

The Apple Watch was first introduced in 2015 and quickly became the best-selling wearable device of the year, reportedly selling 4.2 million units in Q2 2015. When the company introduced the Apple Watch Series 2 later in 2016, Apple labeled the original Apple Watch as “Series 0” while bringing an updated chip with “Series 1” and a brand new “Series 2” Watch.

When Apple introduced the Apple Watch Series 3 in 2017 a lot of things changed. The company started seeing the Watch more like a fitness device rather than a fashion one, although it was available in aluminum, stainless steel, and ceramic models. This Watch had a chip 70% faster than its predecessor, increased RAM, and introduced the LTE cellular connectivity variant with 16GB of storage.

Apple Watch Series 4, which launched a year later, featured a major redesign with a screen that was 30% bigger in both models and a 50% improvement on its processor over the Series 3 version. Speakers and microphones were rearranged so they were louder and more useful, and the Series 4 introduced the fall detection feature, ECG capabilities, and the second-generation heart rate monitor.

In 2019, the Apple Watch Series 5 was a notable upgrade over the Series 4: Apple introduced an Always-On display with an energy-saving LTOP OLED screen, a built-in compass, doubled the storage with 32GB and brought back the Edition tier with a ceramic model and a brand new titanium version.

In 2020, Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 6. This Watch brought a new S6 processor, up to 20% faster than its predecessor, a brighter Always-On display, a blood oxygen app, and an always-on altimeter, alongside new health sensors.

Apple Watch Series 6 Specs and Features

The Apple Watch Series 6 comes in two sizes, three finishes, and two connectivity options. With a brighter always-on Retina Display, the Series 6 is available in 40 or 44mm, in aluminum, stainless steel, and titanium, and with GPS connection or GPS + LTE.

The Apple Watch Series 6 introduced two new colors to the aluminum version: blue and (PRODUCT)RED alongside silver, space gray, and gold. It has the S6 processor, which is up to 20% faster than the S5 chip. This generation also introduced the blood oxygen sensor, which is recommended just for well-being and is not approved by the FDA like the ECG app is.

The Apple Watch Series 6 has a third-generation optical heart sensor, Digital Crown with haptic feedback, a built-in compass, an always-on altimeter, and a second-generation speaker and mic. With Emergency SOS and International emergency calling, you can quickly call for help and alert your emergency contacts.

Apple Watch Series 6 also detect if you’ve taken a hard fall, then automatically call emergency services for you. The Noise app alerts when decibels reach levels that could damage your hearing. It’s also water-resistant up to 50m in the water.

Pricing: Watch and Bands

The Apple Watch Series 6 pricing starts at $399 and can go up to $899 in the Space Black Titanium Case with Leather Link. The Apple Watch can get even pricier if you choose a Hermès model, up to $1,499.

  • Aluminum, 40mm, GPS: $399
  • Aluminum, 40mm, GPS + Cellular: $499
  • Aluminum, 44mm, GPS: $429
  • Aluminum, 44m, GPS + Cellular: $529
  • Stainless steel, 40mm, GPS + Cellular: $699
  • Stainless steel, 44mm, GPS + Cellular: $749
  • Titanium, 40mm, GPS + Cellular: $849
  • Titanium, 44mm, GPS + Cellular: $899

Pricing varies depending on the band you choose, as well as if it’s the Hermès model.

  • Solo Loop: $49
  • Sport Band: $49
  • Spor Loop: $49
  • Braided Solo Loop: $99
  • Leather Link: $99
  • Leather Loop: $99
  • Milanese Loop: $99
  • Modern Buckle: $149
  • Silver Link Bracelet: $349
  • Space Black Link Bracelet: $449

Lower prices may be available from Apple’s official Amazon store.

Apple Watch Series 6 Review

In our video review about the Apple Watch Series 6 we recommended upgrading if you’re coming from an Apple Watch Series 3:

“If you’re coming from an Apple Watch Series 3 or below it’s a simple choice: upgrade. You’ll get a much, much faster watch, a larger case with a larger display, better speakers and microphone, and so much more. Plus you’ll be able to take advantage of all of the great new enhancements that watchOS 7 and future upgrades of watchOS bring to the table. In my opinion, it’s a no-brainer decision to upgrade to either an SE or Series 6 if you’re coming from an Apple Watch Series 1, 2, or 3.”

Deals

Over at 9to5Toys, you can find the best deals on the Apple Watch 6 and other Apple products. Download the 9to5Toys iPhone app to receive push notifications for new deals as well.

Apple Watch Series 6 Stories January 27

AdAdge has shared a new Apple Watch Series 6 ad focused on the ECG functionality. The ad shows a user taking an ECG in all kinds of environments, highlighting how you no longer need to make an appointment to go to the doctor to get one taken.

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Apple Watch Series 6 Stories November 24, 2020

The Apple Watch is bound to be a popular gift this holiday season, and we’re already seeing notable deals on the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE as we approach Black Friday. If you’re trying to make a decision on which model to buy, head below for more details on the Apple Watch Series 6 vs the Apple Watch SE.

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Apple Watch Series 6 Stories October 10, 2020

Today Apple sells three Apple Watch models — the three-year-old Apple Watch Series 3 starting at $199, and the just-released Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 6 models, which start at $279 and $399 respectively.

With these options in mind, which Apple Watch should you buy? Should you go all out and spring for the Apple Watch Series 6, or should you take the more cost-conscious route with the Series 3 or SE? Watch our hands-on video walkthrough as we explore Apple’s wearable lineup as it stands today.

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Apple Watch Series 6 Stories October 7, 2020

One of the headlining features of the new Apple Watch Series 6 is the blood oxygen monitor. Paired with a new Blood Oxygen app in watchOS 7, this allows Apple Watch users to monitor their oxygen saturation with the Apple Watch. A new report from The Verge explains why Apple did not have to get Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for the new feature.

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Apple Watch Series 6 Stories September 29, 2020

Last month we saw Epic Games file a lawsuit against Apple not long after Tim Cook testified to Congress during an antitrust hearing looking into big tech. Now just after Apple launched its Apple Watch Series 6 with a new blood oxygen detection feature, medical-sensor maker Masimo Corp. said in a new court filing that Apple is trying to delay the lawsuit it filed back in January and abusing its power to “capture the market.”

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Apple Watch Series 6 Stories September 23, 2020

When I wrote my first Apple Watch Series 6 diary piece on Monday, I was still waiting for my graphite stainless steel model to arrive. I was concerned about the graphite replacing the space black, and after some hands-on time, it’s apparent that the differences are noticeable, but I don’t think they are a dealbreaker.

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