In case a new Apple Watch isn’t enough for you, Apple has introduced it two at its product event on Tuesday via livestream.
In addition to the Apple Watch Series 6, the company also introduced the Apple Watch SE – a new budget-friendly option. Both watches are currently available for pre-order and will be fully available on September 18th.
If you are wondering what is the difference between the two, let’s sum it up.
Apple Watch Series 6
Aside from a few new colors, including a new product red model and a new blue option, the Series 6 looks identical to its predecessor. However, there are some new features under the hood, including an SpO2 sensor to monitor blood oxygen levels.
Let’s start with its aesthetics: the Series 6 has a square aluminum case with rounded edges and an OLED display. On the side of the case is the digital crown that is used for navigation and for taking EKG measurements. As accessories, Apple has also introduced three new watch straps that are free of clasps or buckles.
The processor in the new watch is powered by the S6 chipset – a dual-core processor that is up to 20 percent faster than its predecessor. The battery life remains the same as in the previous version at 18 hours, but the Series 6 can charge up to 80 percent in an hour.
The Series 6 also has a permanently active display function, which Apple says is 2.5 times brighter than the last generation model. Plus, the always-on altimeter feature also keeps track of altitude during the day, which you can now see in real time as a complication of the watch face.
In contrast to the 5 series, the 6 series has an SpO2 sensor with which the blood oxygen content can be measured. On the back of the watch there is a mix of infrared LEDs that measure the amount of light reflected from the wrist.
The measurements only take about 15 seconds and all data is saved in the Health app so that you can look back on a measurement history. The watch also monitors levels during the night while you sleep.
Unlike the EKG monitor, however, it’s important to note that Apple has not yet received FDA approval for this feature. Hence, it is classified as a “wellness” feature that allows you to monitor the level, rather than a medical device.
Pricing for the Series 6 starts at $ 399 for the GPS model, but is $ 499 if you want LTE connectivity.
Apple Watch SE
The Apple Watch SE is certainly the cheaper option if you want to invest in one of these smartwatches.
Outwardly, the SE has the same design as the Series 6 and borrows some features including the always-on altimeter, fall detection, emergency SOS (with international emergency call), and a few others.
However, at this lower price, you lose other features like the always-on display and the EKG sensor. In addition, last year’s S5 chipset is used, but it is shipped immediately with WatchOS 7.
Apple Watch SE pricing and availability starts at $ 279 for the GPS model and $ 329 for the cellular version.