Apple Watch Overview Updated October 12, 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 October 12

Blue Shield of California to use Apple Watch to expand physician-patient communication

Blue Shield of California has announced that it is partnering with health services provider Altais and Notable Health to spread adoption of the Apple Watch. The deal will center on doctors wearing an Apple Watch to easily record notes and other data during office visits.

Apple Watch Stories October 9

There’s been a lot of talk recently about sleep tracking on Apple Watch, with rumors of Apple working on a built-in solution to be released next year. While a first-party solution is not yet available, many third-party developers have taken the task upon themselves, and a new app — NapBot — has just been released as an alternative to the other sleep-tracking apps available in the App Store.

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Apple Watch has always had astronomy-inspired watch faces and complications — in part as a nod to the origins of time tracking — but the moon phases have never quite matched what we see in the sky. Geneva Moon (formerly Moon++ as you will see in the screenshot below) is a standalone Apple Watch app from developer David Smith that solves that problem.

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Apple Watch Stories October 7

We’ve seen Apple Watch catch on with a handful of insurance providers so far. Now, CNBC reports that Devoted Health has become the first health insurer with private Medicare plans to offer a discounted Apple Watch as a benefit.

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger ‘livid’ about $5K fine for wearing Apple Watch during a game

If you watched the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Cincinnati Bengals last week, you may have noticed injured Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger rocking an Apple Watch on the sidelines. As it turns out, and as you might expect, the NFL is not too happy about that.

Apple’s Vice President of Human Interface Design Alan Dye is no stranger to giving interviews about the Apple Watch and what goes into what shapes the software experience. Dye’s latest Apple Watch conversation can be heard on the Hodinkee Radio podcast where he discusses how Apple Watch faces are designed and much more.

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