Apple Watch Series 4 is official with bigger screen, faster processor, redesigned crown

Apple just made the Apple Watch Series 4 official – and it is perhaps the most exciting upgrade in the history of the wearable. Apple's new smartwatch is stylish, functional, and comfortably familiar. However, it introduces meaningful changes both on the outside and on the inside – including a number of features that we hope you'll never have to use. We'll tell you why in a bit.

Design and display

Without a doubt, the most noticeable upgrade in the Apple Watch Series 4 is the bigger size of its OLED display. The wearable comes in two sizes, just like before, but you can now choose between a 40 or a 44 millimeter Apple Watch – versus 38 and 42 in previous generations. This makes the new screens over 30% bigger than before, even though the watch itself retains the same footprint. In fact, the case of the watch is now thinner, Apple points out, while the curved corners and thinner bezels give the watch a more modern appearance. And in case you're curious, the Apple Watch Series 4 is designed to be compatible with existing Apple Watch wristbands.

The Apple Watch Series 4 will be available in various colors and finishes. Silver, Space Grey, and Gold are the hues chosen for the aluminum model, while the stainless steel version of the watch will come in Polished or Space Black. 

Along with the new wearable, Apple quietly introduced a range of new band options. The well-known rubbery sport band comes in three new colors named Lavender, Blue Horizon, and Nectarine, while the sport loop band gets Cape Cod Blue, Nectarine, Hibiscus, Storm Grey, and Indigo color variants. For those who are into fancier materials, the leather modern buckle now comes in Peony Pink, Forest Green, Cape Cod Blue, Ruby Red, and the leather loop band gets Forest Green and Cape Cod Blue options. New, premium Hermes bands are also on sale – at respectable, three-digit prices.

On the side of the Apple Watch Series 4 you'll see two slits behind which is the new, bigger speaker. The microphone is positioned on the opposite side to avoid interference between the two. Both of these design choices were made to allow the wearable to deliver clearer phone calls.

The digital crown looks almost the same as before, but once you turn it, you'll feel the difference. Each movement is now complemented by haptic feedback – a nice, subtle "click" that makes the crown a bit more pleasant, more natural to use.

Software and Watch OS 5

To no surprise, the Apple Watch Series 4 interface has been optimized to take advantage of the extra screen space. Pictured below, several new complications and watchfaces were shown off during the announcement event.

Of course, the Apple Watch Series 4 will run the newest Watch OS 5 when it is released later this month. We've already overviewed all of the Watch OS 5 major new features, but to sum them up, the new software introduces improved fitness and activity tracking, a Walkie Talkie mode between fellow Apple Watch users, as well as the ability to play podcasts. In addition to the watchfaces pictured below, you'll also get a Siri watchface, as well as one incorporating the Breathe application. 

Hardware and health monitoring

Under the hood of the Apple Watch Series 4 we find several important upgrades, including a new S4 dual-core processor which is "up to 2x faster" than the previous, according to Apple. Thankfully, the boost in performance should not result in shorter battery life. Apple promises an "all-day battery life" for its Series 4 Watch, so we can expect it to last about as long as Series 3 between charges. 

Remember the Apple Watch Series 4 features that we hope you never ever need to use? Well, the wearable comes with next-generation sensors, including new gyroscope and accelerometer with superior accuracy. This allows the Series 4 Apple Watch to accurately detect unusual movement, such as slips or falls. Upon detection, it will ask if you want to call for help, and if it detects that you've been immobile for a minute after the fall, it will automatically call an emergency number.

As before, the Apple Watch Series 4 features an optical heart rate monitor keeping track of your pulse 24/7. This allows it to alert you of unusual heart activity and, potentially, health issues. What's new is the built-in electrical heart rate sensor, which allows you to take an electrocardiogram, otherwise known as an ECG. And this is no gimmick, mind you. The Apple Watch Series 4 has been certified by the FDA for the purpose, meaning that the data gathered is suitable for medical use.

Price and release date

The Apple Watch Series 4 will be available for pre-order on September 14, with a release date set for September 21 for the first 26 major markets. 16 of those markets will also get the GPS + Cellular model of the device. Pricing starts at $399 and goes up to $749 depending on the features, size, and material you choose. The fancier Hermes editions, with leather bands and sophisticated clasps, will set you back between $1249 and $1499. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the older Apple Watch Series 3 now starts at $279, making it more affordable than ever.



1. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

ECG in a watch, if that's not innovation.

2. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 711; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Apple is far ahead of the competition in terms of wearables. ECG is quite innovative - nobody can deny that.

5. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

no one gives a f**k

7. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

A broke like you can't give nothing.

13. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

only broke heads like you would call another dude broke. Lmao. That watch gonna break like the iPhone 7's water resistance. haha

17. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

and bitch, I own the Note 9 which costs as much as a iPhone X, S9 as a dex dock device, which costs more than an iPhone 8, and a G7 as my second phone. Oh and top that off with that sophisticated ass Galaxy Watch. GTFO. If phone arena can post pictures. I'll take a tech s**t on you bitch

18. gamehead unregistered

Except the people who do...

8. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1472; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It's not exactly a first is it... Only if you limit yourself to Apple.

16. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Nope, it's actually the only over the counter ECG measuring device in the entire world, just swallow it.

23. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1472; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It's not actually...

27. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Wow, how did they come with this? It's not like this feature has been around in smart fitness trackers and other smartwatches... oh wait it has been

6. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

still looks like a glorified kids toy

15. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

A beautiful and much more functional toy than any Android or Samsung watch too....

19. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

lmao. buy into the gimmick. You're that dumb. No one gon use that s**t. I don't even use my watch for calaroies, heart rate, or steps. Hell ny w Galaxy Watch tells me how long I sleep for and rates me, smart af, and I ain't even impress. I rather buy 2 galaxy watches on sale than a limited ass siri watch.

10. RoyalMike unregistered

Apple watch will never make sense until they bring always on display..

11. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Sold! I'll definitely be getting a Series 4 LTE. Best watch, best health tracking, best overall.

20. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

And no always on display, that's already a fail.

21. damonarena

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 30, 2018

yeah always on display is must for a device to be called as a WATCH

22. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Its not worth upgrading my series 3 until the watch becomes a true standalone device.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Two things I hate about Apple Watch, that I hope Apple fixes. 1. Can’t erase individual text messages from a persons folder, either erase em all or keep em all. 2. No workout logs stored on the watch, gotta check the dynamics on the phone. Hope Watch OS 5 fixes them.

25. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

Remember when the original apple watch was being advertised as 'timeless'??? Now it's no more than a yearly iteration of life. So much for timeless!

26. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Sold for the hermes! I’ll be gettung one.

28. skwy1963

Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

still too god dam high. bring the prices down and allow android also i might bite. ha ha

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