The Apple Watch Series 6 reaffirms Apple’s obligation to keep improving the Apple Watch with features assumed to make for better wearable tech. The upgrades over last year’s Apple Watch Series 5 may not be headline breaking, but they are highly appreciated as they fix some shortcomings. The highlights of the upgrades include added health-tracking features, faster charge and lots more.
Where to Buy Apple Watch Series 6
Apple Watch Series 6 Key Specs & Features
- 1.78 inches LTPO OLED Display, 448 x 368 Pixels (326 PPI)
- 1.57 inches LTPO OLED Display, 394 x 324 Pixels, 326 PPI (40mm)
- Dual-Core Apple S6 Processor
- WatchOS 7.0, upgradable to 7.1
- 32GB Built-in Storage
- 1GB RAM
- 50m Water Resistant
- Heart Rate Monitor
- GPS Navigation
- LTE (Optional)
- Wireless Charging
- Non-Removable 303.8 mAh Li-ion Battery
Design and Display
Had hopes of getting a major design change? well, this certainly isn’t it. The Apple watch series 6 design is a reminiscence of what we had on the Series. However, there are some changes that set them apart when discussing the outward appearance.
The series 6 watch brandishes new colors which include Red and Blue. The there colors are pretty much a reminiscence from last year and they include Silver, Graphite, Gold, Silver space gray, Gold, Natural titanium, and space black.
Flipping the watch to get a view of the rear reveals a slightly different layout, which paves way for the new sensor added.
Keeping the aforementioned aside, we have pretty much got the same form factor, build variants from last year. The series 6 build variants, which include the standard stainless steel, Aluminum variant, and the Watch edition variant that with Titanium.
All the variants comes in 40mm and 4mm, which is sort of Apple’s way of making provisions as far as size preference is concerned.
The 40mm variant has a 1.57-inch display, with a resolution of 394 x 324 pixels, and a screen density of 326 PPI, while the 44mm variant has a 1.78-inch display with a resolution of 448 x 368 pixels and a density of 326 PPI.
Please note that irrespective of the size variant you go for, you are going to be served with a display based on the Retina LTPO OLED panel.
The Apple watch is unarguably the zippiest in the smartwatch space. Tasks get executed in no distant time. There is no slowing down the Apple watch. They have continued making upgrades.
on the performance train, we have a dual-core Apple S6 processor, a Power VR GPU, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage.
The 44mm size Variant comes packed with a 303.8 mAh Li-ion battery, while the 40mm size variant comes packed with a 265.9 mAh battery. The bigger the chassis, the bigger the battery.
As mentioned in the intro, Apple made efforts in reducing the charge time of the Apple watch. A test carried out by The Verge, showed that the Apple Watch Series 6 went from 0-100% in about 2 hours plus, while the Series 5 was at 80%.
No Charger in the Box
The Apple watch series 6 has joined the list of Apple products like the iPhone 12, that will come without a charging brick, as Apple claims it will help reduce the number of carrier vehicles, which will inturn reduce their carbon footprint.
Having resourceful software is one of the key features of a good smartwatch. Apple may not have been the best in all software ramifications, but they have made some conscious move to making things better.
This year, Apple made efforts with strengthening the third-party apps support on the Apple Watch, giving the Apple watch series 6 owners access to third-party apps that cut across bike ride tracking, Google maps, weather apps, and lots more.
This move can be seen as making provisions for enthusiasts who aren’t totally satisfied with the stocks app. It also gives room for enthusiasts to create intuitive things apple missed.
There are third-party apps for many of the things I want on my watch, including bike ride tracking, trail maps, Google Maps, and more detailed weather apps.
What’s more, the Apple watch series 6 runs on WatchOS 7.0, with support for upgrades to WatchOS 7.1.
Blood Oxygen Sensor
As part of the health, tracking features Apple introduced with the series 6, is the Blood Oxygen Sensor also known as the SpO2 sensor.
With this sensor, enthusiasts can measure the level of oxygen in their blood, which helps diagnose asthma and apnea.
Aside from the Blood Oxygen sensor, the Apple watch series 6 also offers some of the health features we saw in the past. This includes a heart rate monitor, sleep monitor, fitness apps, and lots more.
The Apple Watch series, like the series 5, comes in both GPS and Celluar options. However the option chosen, enthusiasts will have Wi-FI, GPS, NFC connections.
Apple Watch Series 6 Price and Availability
The price of the Apple watch Series 6 starts at $399 for the standard Aluminium variant with GPS only 4mm verrsion. This price translates to about 153,072 Naira in Nigeria, 44,452 KSH in Kenya, and 2,383 GHC in Ghana.
The GPS + Celluar variant of the Standard Apple watch series 6 comes in at $499. What’s more, Enthusiasts who desire the top of the line Watch edition with the Titanium case will have to shell out as much as $899 for the 44mm version.
Apple Watch Series 6 Specs
Here are a few specs of the Apple Watch Series 6:
- Platform: WatchOS 7.0, upgradable to 7.1
- Processor: Dual-core Apple S6
- Memory: 1GB RAM
- Colours: Standard (Silver, Graphite, Gold) – Aluminium (Silver, Gold, Space Gray, Blue, Red) – Watch Edition
- Dimension: 40mm (40 x 34 x 10.4 mm ) – 44mm (44 x 38 x 10.4 mm)
- Weight: Standard 40mm (39.7 g) – 44mm (47.1 g) –
- SIM Slot: E-SIM
- Water Resistant: Yes (50m Water Resistant)
- Dustproof: –
- Standalone Calls & SMS: –
- Sync with Phone: Yes
Display & Camera
- Display: 40mm (1.57-inches, 394 x 324 Pixels, 326 PPI ) – 44mm (1.78-inches, 448 x 368 Pixels, 326 PPI ) Retina LTPO OLED,
- Display Protection: Standard Series 6 (Sapphire crystal glass) – Series 6 Aluminium (Ion-X strengthened glass) – Series 6 Watch Edition (Sapphire crystal glass)
- Camera: No
- Built-in Storage: 32GB
- Memory Card Support: No
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
- 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- 2G CDMA 1X: –
- 3G WCDMA: 850 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
- 3G CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26, 39, 40, 41, 66
- 5G: No
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: –
- EDGE: –
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
- HSPA+: Yes
- CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: Yes
- 5G: No
- WLAN: 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz and 5GHz
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: –
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
- NFC: Yes
- Infrared Blaster: No
- USB Port: No
- SMS/MMS: –
- Instant Messaging: –
- Push Emails: –
- Email Protocol: –
- Music Player: –
- Video Player: –
- FM Radio: –
- Loudspeaker: –
- 3.5mm Jack: No
- Navigation: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZS
- Maps: –
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: –
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: –
- Light Sensor: –
- Barometer: –
- Pedometer: –
- Gyroscope: Yes
- Heart Rate Monitor: Yes (2nd gen)
- Galvanic Skin Response: –
- Skin Temperature Sensor: –
- Capacitive Sensor: –
- UV Sensor: –
- Microphone: –
- Hepatic Vibration Motor: –
- Fitness Apps: Yes
- Image Editor: –
- Video Editor: –
- Image Viewer: –
- Video Viewer: –
- Maximum Operating Altitude: –
- Battery: 40mm (303.8 mAh) – 44mm (265.9 mAh)
- Battery Life: Up to 18hrs
- Wireless Charging: –
- Average Charge Time: –