Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Apple Watch Series 4 hands-on

Apple Watch Series 4 hands-on

It has been optimised for phone calls, Siri and Walkie-Talkie. For the most part, the company has focused far more on general, wellness-type data collection - like how much a person moves.

Apple is holding its "Gather Round" launch event at the Apple Park in Cupertino today. Apple shipped 4.7 million watches in that period, beating rivals like Xiaomi Corp. and Fitbit, according to IDC. You can also add specific people or time zones to the watch face. The display is one of the most important aspects of the watch and there have been plenty of improvements made inside. Apple Watch now features an edge-to-edge display and a bigger screen compared to Watch Series 3. The company says that both the electrocardiogram app and atrial-fibrillation monitoring capability for the Watch Series 4 will arrive later this year. The complications have been enhanced to be more precise and informative.

The 2018 Apple keynote in Cupertino on September 12 is expected to cover three new iPhone releases, plus news on the next generation of the Apple Watch.

It's strong, dynamic and colorful and the new Watch faces really add to the mix. There's a new Breathe app watch face which takes you directly to its core functionality by just raising your wrist. There's one for fire, water and vapor that look really handsome.

The crown is now digital with haptic feedback as we reported a few months back. It has been re-engineered completely and offers new means of controls. The speaker is also 50-percent louder, which is a very welcomed change in my book. The Watch Series 4 will officially be available in stores on September 21. The back of the device is now made out of a ceramic material, which allows for better reception for the Global Positioning System and cellular radios.

On heart health, you can already monitor your heart rate on Apple Watch.

Two other health features, the fall detection and low heart rate alerts, only kick on when you experience those issues, so I wasn't able to test them for myself by falling over or slowing my heart rate to a crawl.

Apple Watch 4 release date, price, news and features
Both the iPhones will be available for pre-order starting September 14 and will ship starting September 21. Face ID is reportedly faster on these phones thanks to improved algorithms and a quicker secure enclave.

The Apple Watch Series 3 also lives to see another day, with a price drop to $399 for the GPS-only version.

Apple now claims that its Watch 4 battery life is staying strong at 18 hours for "all-day", which is a bit of a disappointment and keeps it behind the same levels claimed by others like Samsung or more dedicated running devices. You can even squeeze four shortcuts to your most-loved contacts in the center, which is useful if you're always messaging the same people.

The trillion-dollar company has touted the new addition as one of the best ways to engage with someone else without being face-to-face. If you're working out then it slides down to 6 hours.

It will be available in three aluminium finishes, and there is a brand-new Gold stainless finish apart from Silver and Space Grey. All the new watch bands work with older Apple Watch models as well. The cellular model will be available in 16 markets with 34 carriers. The series 4 will be available for pre-order on Friday and will ship to consumers on September 21.

Apple's iPhone Xs event is underway, so do check our extensive coverage.

Stay tuned for a full review of the Series 4.

Apple Watch Series 4 sports a new design, thanks to an edge-to-edge display and a new Digital Crown with haptics.

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