Apple Watch Series 4 launched with new design, ECG support

Angelica Greene
September 13, 2018

Apple Watch Series 4 price, specifications, features: Apple Watch Series 4 sports a new design, thanks to edge-to-edge display and a new Digital Crown with haptics.

The debut of the new Watch line comes just days after Apple said in a letter to the US government that proposed tariffs on goods imported from China could raise the price of Apple Watches and other Apple products.

And the new dynamic watch faces positively dazzle on the large new display.

Apple chief operating officer Jeff Williams said the company is taking the Apple Watch to the next level with the newest generation of the device, improving functionality across multiple areas. The screens are more than 30 percent larger and come in 40mm and 44mm sizes.

Apple announced the Series 4 wearable at its Gather Round hardware event at its Cupertino campus.

Spending a few hundred bucks on the new Apple Watch isn't a small commitment, especially when you factor in the cost of an LTE model which comes with a monthly charge to keep it connected.

Apple's new smartwatches would also feature automatic accident detection for the first time, Mr Williams said, and had been created to measure the difference between a user slipping, tripping, and falling. Other additions include a "low heart rate" notification, alerts for atrial fibrillation, and electrocardiogram (ECG). Apple claims the Watch Series 4 will still run for 18 hours in everyday use, while workout tracking will be possible for as many as six hours. It now comes with haptic feedback. If it senses you're immobile for more than a minute it starts informing emergency services.

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Along with its refreshed iPhones, Apple debuted its latest Apple Watch today.

The Apple Watch Series 4 has electrodes on its back, allowing the user to take an electrocardiogram. There will also be an ECG app coming later this year that will allow users to record and ECG by placing their finger on the digital crown.

As expected, Apple is releasing a larger size iPhone which takes the features and capabilities of last year's iPhone X and puts them in a bigger device.

The Series 4 can share heart-rhythm data - which is kept encrypted in the cloud - with physicians, he added. New watch faces based on fire, water, and vapour effects were also introduced.

Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS) will be available to order from September 14 in 26 countries, while the GPS + Cellular variant will be available to order in 16 countries.

Apple said all the fitness data is encrypted on the device and on Cloud. It'll be sold in space grey, gold, and silver. The Apple Watch 4 is $399 and $499 with Global Positioning System as starting prices. Band colours and styles that are already available will still fit the new watch. The series 4 will be available for pre-order on Friday and will ship to consumers on September 21.

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