Apple Watch Overview Updated September 22, 2019

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Apple Watch is Apple’s wearable is designed to help you stay active, motivated, and connected. The newest version is the Series 4. Apple Watch is a main product for Apple’s health initiatives.

Series 4 features:

  • 64-bit dual-core S4 processor (Up to 2x faster than S3 processor)
  • 10.7mm thin
  • Electrical heart sensor (ECG app)
  • Second-generation optical heart sensor
  • Fall Detection
  • Digital Crown with haptic feedback
  • LTE option

The original Watch (later called Series 0) was released April 24, 2015 after years of rumors. While there was a lot of initial hype around it, the 3rd party watchOS apps were slow to launch due to API limitations. Native apps were available in watchOS 2. The original watch came in 38mm and 42mm sizes.

The Series 2 Watch was released on September 16th, 2016 along with a Series 1 Watch. The Series 2 included the S2 chip, built-in GPS, and water-proof construction. The Series 1 included the S2, but lacked GPS and water proofing.

The Series 3 Watch was released on the September 22nd 2017, and it included an LTE option and the S3 chip.

The Series 4 Watch was released on September 21st, 2018. New hardware included the S4 Chip, Electrical heart sensor w/ ECG app, and larger display (40mm and 44mm sizes).

The Series 5 watch is expected to be released in 2019.

The Apple Watch runs watchOS, and the current version is watchOS 5.

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Apple Watch Stories Today

The Activity app for Apple Watch and iPhone has come a long way over the last several years. It gets even better this year with the incredibly useful “Trends” feature and more in watchOS 6 and iOS 13.

One feature I would really like to see come to the Activity app, however, is support for adding Notes to workouts. Here’s how that could work.

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Apple Watch Stories Yesterday

Fall detection on Apple Watch Series 4 (and now Series 5) has been credited with saving lives all over the world in the year since the feature was introduced.  The latest real-world story is a great example of why people of all ages should consider turning on the feature.

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Apple Watch Stories September 20

How to upgrade to your new Apple Watch without losing data from watchOS 6

Ready to switch from your Series 4 or another Apple Watch to your new Series 5? Read along for how to upgrade to your new Apple Watch without losing data from watchOS 6.

How to upgrade to your new Apple Watch without losing data

Ready to switch from your Series 4 or earlier Apple Watch to your new Series 5? Or maybe you’re upgrading to the Series 3 or 4? Follow along for how to upgrade to your new Apple Watch without losing data.

Apple Watch Stories September 19

On the eve of tomorrow’s Apple Watch Series 5 release, Apple has released watchOS 6. It’s a major new update for the Apple Watch that adds new watch faces, new complications, a standalone App Store, enhanced Siri support, and much more. Watch our hands-on video covering the top new watchOS 6 features, and be sure to subscribe to 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple Watch coverage.  expand full story

Apple Watch has a major new software update out today that brings loads of new features to existing models. Look for the watchOS 6 update inside the Apple Watch app on the iPhone after updating to iOS 13, then head below to find the top features included in the new update.

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