While the rest of the world gets itself in a lather about the only notable design change to the Apple Watch since its first release – a new, 30% larger screen – here at Coach we’re all in a tizzy over the upgrades to the bottom of the watch. Namely, a new electrical heart rate sensor that promises to be more accurate. In the USA the Series 4 will also eventually be able to take an electrocardiogram (ECG) and will be an FDA-approved medical device. There are no indicators that the ECG measurement will be coming to the UK any time soon, but it shows the direction in which Apple is intending to take the Watch.
The Watch Series 4 also has some features that could prove handy in an emergency. As well as monitoring your heart rate and notifying you if it seems unnaturally high or low, the Watch can detect if you fall and automatically brings up a button to alert emergency services. If you don’t dismiss or otherwise respond to this alert within 60 seconds, the Watch automatically makes the emergency call in case you are unconscious.
Apple’s mindfulness app Breathe has also been updated and you can use it as a watch face, so you can slip straight into a calming guided breathing session just by glancing down at the Apple Watch.
These new features come on top of a raft of fitness tracking improvements set to arrive on the Apple Watch with the release of watchOS 5, which will be available for all Apple Watches bar the first-generation device from 17th September, when the Apple Watch Series 4 is released.
Once your Watch is updated with the new software it will automatically detect the start of workout and even give you retrospective credit for the activity you’ve done, and it will also end the session for you if you forget to press stop.
There are also some new sports modes coming to the Watch, including yoga and hiking, while runners are getting some useful new stats, such as cadence and rolling pace for the last kilometre or mile.
Podcasts will also be available natively on the Watch, which is long overdue, so if you prefer to get your sweat on to the sound of a true crime series or the latest My Dad Wrote A Porno, you can now leave your phone behind.
Like the Series 3, the Apple Watch Series 4 will be available in GPS only and GPS+Cellular forms. The former will cost from £399 and the latter from £499.
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