Apple Announces Its Apple Watch Series 6 Smartwatch | IGN

Apple just unveiled a new flagship smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 6, at its press conference from the Steve Jobs Theater in the Apple campus in Cupertino, California.

The Apple Watch Series 6 is going in a strong direction towards more health and fitness tracking. Just a new features of the watch’s new health sensor combined with watchOS 7 includes blood oxygen monitoring. The new health sensor shines red and infrared light onto your wrist and a camera measures the color of your blood every 15 seconds to determine your state of wellness. Apple also announced it will work with health networks to study heart health and Covid 19 as well.

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Aside from the new health sensor, the Apple Watch Series 6 features a new S6 processor, which is a dual-core CPU based on the A13 Bionic that promises to be 20% faster than the company’s previous wearable processor. Another new feature of this wearable is an integrated altimeter, which climbing users will find helpful.

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As usual, Apple’s new smartwatch comes in a variety of colors and finishes including blue aluminum, graphite, and Product Red. Additionally, Apple is introducing a new watch band called the Solo Loop that’s one continuous loop of material. Instead of claps or buckle, the Solo Loop simply stretches onto your wrist. The Solo Loop will come in a variety of styles including a smooth silicon and braided silicon band, leather options, and two fancy Hermes options as well.

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The Apple Watch Series 6 retails for $399 and it’s available for order starting today.

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Apple Watch SE

Apple also introduced an affordable smartwatch with the Apple Watch SE. The lower-end wearable doesn’t include the Series 6’s fancy health monitor, but it still features an accelerometer, heart rate, compass, gyroscope, motion sensors, fall detection. On board, you’ll find a S5 system chip that’s two times faster than the Series 3.

The Apple Watch SE retails for $279 and you can order it today as well.

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Kevin Lee is IGN’s Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam

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