Apple’s new Series 6 Watch has some attractive new health features. Thanks to apple’s new health sensor that uses both red and infrared light, the Apple Watch 6 is able to measure your blood oxygen levels in 15 seconds, the company announced today. The clock will also record background measurements while you sleep.
Your blood oxygen level measures how much oxygen in your red blood cells. These measurements are particularly important for people with chronic conditions such as asthma, heart disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In partnership with health care contributors, Apple plans to conduct health studies using this new blood oxygen measurement feature.
Additionally, Watch OS 7 will be able to measure your full range of VO2 max, find out if you’re washing your hands, and monitor your sleep.
Apple Watch 6 Series Price and availability
The watch is up for pre-order now and will be available on Friday, starting at $399. It will be joined by the new lower-cost Apple Watch SE, which starts at $279. Apple is also launching yet another subscription service. Fitness+ is a new workout offering similar to what Fitbit offers currently, featuring workout videos via Apple TV and on-screen metrics for live workouts.
As expected, the centerpiece of today’s big hardware event is the latest version of the Apple Watch 6 series. Apple completely dominates the smartwatch category, with the company currently owning about 30% of the wearable category. Thus, it is no surprise, in fact, that what the company has done so far is on maintaining a health focus for the device. The biggest here is a new built-in sensor, capable of measuring one’s blood color to determine oxygen levels in 15 seconds.
The new Apple Watch 6 series always features energy-saving displays designed to save on battery (for those new sleep features) when you reduce glare in daylight. To keep track of the height while hiking, always at an altitude too. Several new watch faces have been added, including new live memos and pride stripes.
The watch is powered by Apple’s new S6 Silicon and according to the company is “our most colorful lineup of all time”. Here it means a new blue aluminum finish, graphite paint, and – for the first time – a product red version.