At today's "Gather Round" event, Apple unveiled its upcoming Apple Watch Series 4. The fourth-generation device retains the overall design of the original, but is now updated with a display that's 30 percent larger and seamlessly integrated into the thinner, smaller case. A new UI has been redesigned to take advantage of the bigger display, showing more information in apps like photos, maps, and calendar. Inside, a new S4 chip with a custom 64-bit dual-core processor delivers twice the speed with the same 18-hour battery life.
Clearance from the Food and Drug Administration will allow Apple Watch to be used as a medical device. New health features include a built-in ECG scanner, utilizing electrodes built into the Digital Crown and new electrical heart rate sensor in the back crystal. Users can check to see if their heart is beating in a normal pattern or whether there are signs of Atrial Fibrillation. Alerts can also be generated when the heart rate exceeds or falls below a certain threshold. Additionally, fall detection utilizes the watch's accelerometer and gyroscope to sense when a hard fall occurs, and after 60 seconds of immobility, a call will be made to emergency services.
The Apple Watch Series 4 will be available for pre-order beginning on Friday, September 14. Pricing begins at $399 for the GPS version and $499 for the GPS + LTE models. Along with the three aluminum finishes in silver, gold and space gray, shoppers can expect a new gold stainless steel option.