Apple Watch Series 6
21 'Apple Watch Series 6' stories
March 2020 - January 2021
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.
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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.”