Apple Watch Overview Updated April 1, 2020

Apple Watch

Full of features that help you stay active, motivated, and connected

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November 2013 - April 2020

Apple Watch is Apple’s wearable is designed to help you stay active, motivated, and connected. The newest version is the Series 5. Apple Watch is a main product for Apple’s health initiatives.

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 waterproofing.

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 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 is the first-ever, always-on display. The new display will always show the time and complications. The new Apple Watch is also the first to include a built-in compass.

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

The Apple Watch runs watchOS, and the current version is watchOS 6.

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Apple Watch Stories Yesterday

Remember the old Nike+iPod Sensor that you snuck in your sneakers before a run in the mid-2000s? NURVV Run is like that, but in the age of the Apple Watch.

The modern run tracking sensor is way more sophisticated than the technology inside basic step trackers. NURVV Run even helps prevent running-related injuries from overtraining.

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Apple is releasing the first developer beta of watchOS 6.2.5 today. This comes after Apple began beta testing of iOS 13.4.5 and other updates yesterday, oddly leaving Apple Watch out until now.

Update: watchOS 6.2.5 is now available to developers.

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Apple Watch Stories March 30

9to5Mac exclusively reported earlier this month that iOS 14 and watchOS 7 will include a new SchoolTime mode and kid mode. The latter feature includes the ability for a parent to set up and manage an Apple Watch for a child with a single iPhone.

Each Apple Watch account is currently connected to a single iPhone’s Apple ID. This new mode will let a parent manage their child’s Apple Watch from the parent’s iPhone, and the child will not be required to own an iPhone to use the Apple Watch.

If this feature in development is completed and released this year, the Apple Watch will become much better for kids than ever before, but how will activity tracking work? Based on iOS 14 code obtained by 9to5Mac, we can now answer that question.

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Apple Watch Stories March 27

Apple Watch Instagram app ‘Lens’ first to gain in-app purchases on your wearable

Lens for Watch debuted last year as a slick way to experience Instagram on Apple Watch without needing your iPhone nearby. Now it looks like Lens is the first to make in-app purchases possible right on your Apple Watch.

Following on from the Apple TV report from earlier this week, iUpdate and The Verifier are reporting on possible upcoming changes to watchOS 7 and the Apple Watch.

Most interestingly, the report claims that Apple is currently tackling two different approaches to adding Touch ID fingerprint unlock to the Apple Watch. One approach would be through integrating a fingerprint sensor into the Digital Crown. The other (cooler) method would be to add a fingerprint sensor under the screen. It’s not clear if this would be ready for this year, as The Verifier points to it being a Series 7 (2021) feature.

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Apple Watch Stories March 24

In addition to iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4, Apple is also releasing watchOS 6.2 to the public today. The update brings in-app purchase support to Apple Watch apps, ECG features to more countries, and more. Read on for the full details.

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