Apple Watch Overview Updated March 23, 2021

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History

The original Apple Watch (later called Series 0) was released on April 24, 2015, after years of rumors. While there was a lot of initial hype around it, the third-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 waterproofing.

The Series 3 Watch was released on September 22, 2017, and it included an LTE option and the S3 chip. The Series 4 Watch was released on September 21, 2018. New hardware included the S4 Chip, Electrical heart sensor w/ ECG app, and larger display (40mm and 44mm sizes).

Apple Watch Series 5 was announced during Apple’s fall event on September 10, 2019. Customers were able to purchase the device later that day, and it was released on September 20. The headline feature for this model was the wearable’s always-on display. The new display always shows the time and complications and is also the first from the company to include a built-in compass.

Apple launched international emergency services to every cellular model. Series 5 also brought back ceramic white, and new natural brush and space black titanium models.

Apple Watch Series 6 was unveiled on September 15, 2020 at the “Time Flies” event alongside the more affordable SE and new iPad Air. New features of the Series 6 include blood oxygen monitoring, new watch colors, faster S6 chip, new watch faces, and more.

Apple Watch features

Apple Watch is designed to help you stay active, motivated, and connected. The newest versions are Series 6 and SE while Apple still sells Series 3 as the most affordable option.

Features include:

  • Heart rate monitoring (all models)
    • Including high, low, and irregular heart rate notifications
  • ECG readings (Series 4 and later)
  • Blood oxygen monitoring (Series 6)
  • Workout tracking, Activity Rings, competitions, and awards
  • Works with Apple Fitness+
  • Sleep tracking (with watchOS 7)
  • GPS and GPS + Cellular models
  • Always-on display (Series 5 & 6)
  • Water-resistant to 50 meters
  • Emergency SOS and fall detection
  • Phone calls and Messages
  • Music, Podcasts, and more
  • Third-party apps available through App Store built into watchOS

watchOS

watchOS is the dedicated software that runs on Apple Watch. The current version is watchOS 7 that was released in fall 2020 and is compatible with Series 3 and later.

watchOS 7 brought new features like native sleep tracking, Family Setup, watch face sharing, new workout tracking types, cycling directions in maps, and automatic handwashing reminders.

Apple Fitness+ support and new cardio fitness notifications came with watchOS 7.2 And watchOS 7.4 is coming with the exciting new Apple Watch unlock for iPhone feature.

Current Apple Watch lineup

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Apple Watch Stories August 5

Here’s a terribly possible idea that definitely won’t happen: Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Series X. Ah yes, Apple’s beloved Roman number 10, back for another round of being called “ecks” as in the letter X. There’s an argument to be made for using Apple Watch Series X for the higher-end Series 8 this year.

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Apple Watch Series 8 will be announced at the iPhone 14 event in September. In the meantime, Twitter user and “time traveler from Earth 616” @VNchocoTaco aka ShimpApplePro has shared what they’re hearing about the lineup. Details include Apple Watch Series 8 colors, production timing, and more.

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Apple Watch Stories August 2

According to multiple recent rumors, Apple is expected to introduce a more expensive Apple Watch “Pro” this year in addition to the regular new Series 8 models. And as we’re only a month away from Apple’s new product announcements, the current Apple Watch Series 7 Edition is now sold out in the US and a few other countries.

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Apple Watch Stories July 31

Apple will likely introduce the Apple Watch SE 2 in 2022. A couple of years after the introduction of the original model, the company is readying a second generation. Although not much is expected to change, here’s what we know so far about Apple’s current plans for this watch.

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Apple Watch Stories July 28

Among the new health features in watchOS 9 and iOS 16 is something Apple calls Cardio Recovery. Follow along for a detailed look at what the feature is, how to track it with Apple Watch, why it’s valuable, what good Cardio Recovery numbers are, and tips on improving it.

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Apple Watch Stories July 26

The Apple Watch lineup could be getting a big expansion this fall with the addition of a new so-called Apple Watch Pro. This new Apple Watch Pro is said to feature a new design, longer battery life, and improved durability.

Head below for all of the latest details on what we know about the Apple Watch Pro so far.

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Apple Watch Stories July 24

In two months, Apple will unveil three new Apple Watches, including the rumored Apple Watch Pro. This new high-end model, called “rugged” and made for “extreme sports,” will be the company’s new bet for a specific niche of customers.

In his latest Power On newsletter, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman details more information about this upcoming product.

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Apple Watch Stories July 23

Apple still sells the Apple Watch Series 3, but does it necessarily mean people should buy this 2017 smartwatch? Luckily, I still have a cellular model that I’ve been wearing for the past week, and here are my thoughts on this Apple Watch and whether it’s still worth buying.

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Apple Watch Stories July 22

Sleep tracking with Apple Watch is a great way to gain new insight into your sleeping habits and trends over time. In fact, with the release of watchOS 7 two years ago, Apple officially added native sleep tracking support to the Apple Watch for the first time. Read on as we round up the best sleep tracking apps for Apple Watch, comparing Apple’s first-party solution with the competition.

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Apple Watch Stories July 21

A wide range of valuable new running features comes with watchOS 9. From heart rate zones and stride length, ground contact time to vertical oscillation, and new features like ghost racing your personal best and creating custom workouts, here’s a hands-on look at the new Apple Watch running metrics in watchOS 9.

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Apple Watch Stories July 20

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said before that the company’s greatest contribution to mankind will likely be health-related. And over the past decade, Apple has made impressive strides in new health and fitness features, partnerships with the medical community, and more. Now Apple has released a comprehensive guide on how Apple Watch, iPhone, and Apple Health are empowering people to live healthier lives and how it envisions the future of its most important work.

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Apple Watch Stories July 19

On Apple’s current lineup of watches, you can purchase a GPS + Cellular model on the Apple Watch Series 7 and Apple Watch SE. We’re also only a couple months away from the launch of the Apple Watch Series 8.

Having a cellular plan on your Apple Watch can be great for those on the go or an unnecessary cost for others. However is it worth it for you to buy one? Let’s dive in…

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Apple Watch has a number of invaluable health features that have proven to save lives over the years. Now the most recent example is a powerful story about how Apple Watch’s heart health features can uncover hidden health issues that could prove deadly if gone undetected.

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Apple Watch Stories July 16

How to change Apple Watch band

Whether you’ve just gotten your first Apple Watch or you want to swap out your band for the first time, doing so is different from on any other watch. Follow along for how to change Apple Watch bands.

Apple Watch Stories July 14

Apple Watch not charging? Here are 5 ways to fix it

Apple Watch not charging? Whether you’re having issues with a particular cable, multiple cables/chargers, or your touch screen isn’t responding, read on for 5 solutions to fix an Apple Watch that won’t power up.

Apple Watch Stories July 12

Want to test out everything coming with the latest watchOS release like the new watch faces, advanced running metrics, enhanced sleep tracking, and more? Follow along for how to get watchOS 9 on your Apple Watch early with the beta.

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Apple Watch Stories July 11

We’ve long been expecting a new ruggedized version of Apple’s smartwatch, and Mark Gurman’s “Power On” newsletter yesterday suggested that this would be branded as the Apple Watch Pro. I can easily believe that.

However, he went on to suggest that the new Pro model would replace the Apple Watch Edition – and that makes no sense at all to me …

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Apple Watch Stories July 10

Three new Apple Watches are coming this year. The rugged model could be branded Pro, as Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman suggested in his latest Power On newsletter. With that in mind, the Cupertino company could also, once again, discontinue the Edition version in favor of this extreme sports option.

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How to turn off Apple Watch

No matter if you just got your wearable or haven’t had to turn it off in a while, follow along with our guide on how to turn off Apple Watch.

Apple Watch Stories July 9

How to turn on Apple Watch

Whether you just got your wearable or you just haven’t needed to turn it on in a while, read along with our guide for how to turn on Apple Watch.

Apple Watch Stories July 8

Alongside an update to the Apple Arcade game, The Oregon Trail: StepTracker has released, now including step tracking capabilities. In addition, users can save their progress within the Apple Health app.

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Apple Watch Stories July 5

We are probably only two months away from the official announcement of the next generation iPhone and Apple Watch. When it comes to the new Apple Watch Series 8, rumors suggest that this year’s model won’t be a significant upgrade compared to the Series 7, but there will certainly be some changes. With that in mind, what rumored Apple Watch Series 8 features are you most excited to see?

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How to unpair Apple Watch from iPhone

If you’re having issues, selling, or upgrading your wearable, you’ll want to unpair Apple Watch from your iPhone and probably back it up. Below we’ll look at how to unpair Apple Watch if you have your iPhone nearby and also a couple of options if you just have your watch.

Apple Watch Stories June 30

Nomad has launched its high-end Titanium Band and Steel Band today for the smaller Apple Watch sizes. These premium metal link bracelets are adjustable and come with features like a scratch-resistant coating and a sleek magnetic clasp.

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