Apple Watch Overview Updated September 21, 2018

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Series 3 features:

  • LTE models offer connectivity without iPhone
  • 70% faster performance with new S3 processor
  • 50% faster Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with new W2 chip
  • Siri now speaks with watchOS 4

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Apple’s first entry into the wearable market is Apple Watch ($249 and up), a smartwatch that pairs with the iPhone and sports an all-new user interface. Users can choose between numerous watch faces that will display whenever the watch is lifted for viewing, access a Home screen full of apps, and see notifications pushed from the iPhone.

A traditional watch dial on the side of the device has been repurposed as a Digital Crown, allowing you to scroll, zoom, and navigate through apps without covering the display. Light and heavy “Force Touch” inputs are sensed by the Retina display, and the Watch includes haptic feedback capabilities via a “Taptic Engine.” An inductive wireless charging solution based on MagSafe will recharge the watch every night.

The Apple Watch is designed to interact with an iPhone, running light apps that depend upon the iPhone for data, as well as playing limited standalone content stored on the Watch itself. All Apple Watch models run the same watchOS software and work with the iPhone 5 or newer.

The Apple Watch includes a collection of sensors that can measure your pulse and other health data, plus fitness apps that can share data with the Health app in iOS. Also, the haptic feedback and biometric sensors allow for interesting new messaging features that let users tap and draw to communicate; users can record and send their heartbeats to one another.

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Apple Watch Stories September 21

The waveform in the Siri interface on Apple Watch Series 4 works differently to how Siri behaves on other devices. It now animates the waveform in sync with changes in volume, like how Siri on iPhone works. Previous watches were much cruder.

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Apple Watch Stories September 20

When Apple showed off those beautiful new motion Apple Watch Series 4 faces, you might have assumed they were artificially created.

But no: a new behind-the-scenes video reveals that what you are seeing is video footage of real fire, water and powder …

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Update: Hancock advises us that the original Reuters story was incorrect – this has since been corrected. It is mandatory to join the Vitality program, but sharing of fitness data is optional.

Anyone with a life insurance policy from John Hancock – one of the largest insurers in the US – is now required to join the Vitality program, geared to encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

Those who choose to share fitness data from a device like an Apple Watch of Fitbit can earn rewards for doing so …

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Apple Watch Stories September 19

Alongside Apple Watch Series 4 reviews, we’re also seeing the first unboxing videos pop up online and reveal new details about packaging this year. iJustine’s unboxing and review offers a detailed look at changes to the packaging style, what’s in the box, and more. Readers have also noticed that Apple’s website highlights a change to one of the Apple Watch Series 3 versions…

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Apple made a big deal of the ECG functionality of the Apple Watch Series 4, and emphasized that the feature had received FDA clearance.

It’s now being reported that the company was almost unable to do so – having received that clearance just one day before the launch event …

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Following yesterday’s iPhone XS/Max reviews, it’s now the turn for reviews of the Apple Watch Series 4 – and there couldn’t be a greater contrast between the two.

Apple’s cherry-picked quotes aside, reviewers were mostly underwhelmed by the new iPhone, advising iPhone X users not to bother upgrading and owners of older models to hold fire for the iPhone XR.

But when it comes to the new Watch, the clear majority view is that the Series 4 finally delivers on the promise of the device – and now is the time to buy. Even mechanical watch site Hodinkee shared this view …

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