Apple unveils Watch with larger-display and FDA-approved EKG reader

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Apple unveils Watch with larger-display and FDA-approved EKG reader

Apple also upgraded their health features with the Watch 4 which now comes with fall detection and ECG. The starting price for Apple Watch Series 3 drops to $279, starting now. Pricing starts at US$399 with Global Positioning System, and $499 for Global Positioning System plus Cellular. The stainless series will come in space black, polished, and gold.

Executives made the announcement at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple's new circular headquarters in Cupertino, California, named after the company's co-founder who wowed the world with the first iPhone in 2007. Watch OS5 is available September 17.

Apple Watch Series 4 pushes the display right to the edges.

"Radio waves can now pass through both the front and the back of Series 4, improving cellular reception", added Williams. The display is 30 per cent larger than Watch Series 3, packed in the same case size. It allows for more complications (think widgets, just on your watch), which gives you either more information at a glance or just a larger, easier to read clock. It's going on sale on September 21st in stores, but you can pre-order the Apple Watch 4 this week and get it delivered on the release date.

The Series 4 features a new S4 processor that is said to be twice faster than previous model.

A report from Canalys estimates Apple shipped 3.5 million Apple Watches worldwide during the second quarter of 2018, up 30% during the same period past year. It has been optimised for phone calls, Siri and Walkie-Talkie. The microphone has been moved to the other side for reducing echo so your voice would sound even better on the other end. Battery life is unchanged at 18 hours, though outdoor workout time has increased to six hours, Apple says. The watch face has been redesigned too, with eight customisable areas. You can also add specific people or time zones to the watch face.

More complicated Apple Watch facesLook at all those options! Skepticism notwithstanding, Apple should certainly get plenty of credit for what it's trying here, since the new features also include things like an automatic 911 call that's made if a fall is detected and the user doesn't respond quickly.

The ECG feature on Apple Watch will read electrical heart impulses in your fingertip via the Digital Crown and through the back of the watch, via "an ultrathin chromium silicon carbon nitride layer applied to the sapphire crystal".

An app unlocking the wrist-based ECG functionality will be available to US consumers later this year. The entire process takes 30 seconds. It classifies if the heart is beating in a normal pattern or whether there are signs of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). There a next generation accelerometer gyroscope, which can now detect a fall (if you slip off a platform or trip on a curb, for example).

Apple on Wednesday introduced the Apple Watch Series 4, a brand-new version of its best-selling smartwatch.

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