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October 5, 2020

A World of Health on Your Wrist: The Apple Watch Series 6

As the latest iteration of the world’s most popular smart watch, the Apple Watch Series 6 was highly anticipated for its September launch.

An increased focus on health and fitness has made this latest model an incredible resource for keeping yourself well, all within Apple’s signature smooth design.

The most revolutionary development is the new blood oxygen saturation monitor, which measures the amount of oxygen your blood is carrying around your body as a general indication of your overall health and wellness. Incorporated into the same sleek crystal used for the heart rate monitor introduced in Series 4, it works by shining red, green, and infrared LEDs onto your wrist and using advanced algorithms to determine the colour and health of your blood. You can perform a quick check of your blood oxygen level whenever you want, but the watch can also be set to monitor your saturation in the background overnight, giving you a report of your wellbeing when you wake up.

This ability to receive general updates about blood oxygen levels is just one part of Apple’s plan to empower users with knowledge about their own health through the Series 6. The heart rate monitor can now send a notification when it detects irregularities and advise when it might be useful to consult a doctor. The watch can also be connected to a new Sleep app, recording sleep trends and helping users establish a regular bedtime routine. This monitoring has also extended the fitness tracking functions first introduced in the Series 5, with a new Always-On altimeter to better record your elevation in real time and seamless integration of your metrics into the new Apple Fitness+ program launching later this year, keeping you motivated while working out with world-class trainers.

When it comes to staying fit, knowledge is power.
— APPLE ON THE NEW SERIES 6.

Development of the Apple Watch’s health features has led to improved functionality in the device overall. The Always-On Retina Display on the watch face is now 2.5 times brighter, so whether you’re out for a run and don’t want to break your stride to raise your wrist, or simply enjoying time in the sun where glare might otherwise get in the way, the Series 6 makes it much easier to read the metrics and notifications on your watch face. A more advanced chip has also made many features from previous watches faster and more accurate, including the noise alert feature which warns users when their surroundings could cause hearing damage, all without sacrificing the remarkable 18-hour battery life.

Always conscious of beautiful design, Apple have released the Series 6 in nine different colours, including in Apple’s vibrant (PRODUCT)RED for the first time, as well as across three different materials, such as 100 per cent recycled aluminium. There are also new watch bands, including some without clasps so as not to pinch your wrist while exercising, and plans to continue their relationship with luxury brand Hermès for those who prefer a more traditional, elegant look. You can also select from more watch face designs than ever before, including the ability to customise the layout to prioritise the information you want to see.

Smart watches are quickly becoming an invaluable tool, giving us access to immense knowledge about the world and ourselves on our wrist. We at Casper Magazine have been admiring the Apple Watch Series’ integration of technology and luxury fashion for a while, and we’re incredibly excited to see their increased attention to the health of their consumers with this latest edition.  

For more on how technology is giving us our fitness metrics in real time, check out our reflections on the Form Swim Goggles.

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