During Apple’s ‘Time flies’ event on Tuesday 16 September, the company announced a number of new products and services. However, the announcement of not one, but two new Apple Watches is what got everyone talking.
Apple announced that it would be releasing a next generation Apple Watch Series 6, but it also introduced the Apple Watch SE, a budget-friendly alternative. Both the Series 6 and SE are currently available to pre-order, with their full release expected to hit store shelves on 18 September.
Apple Watch Series 6
At a first glance the Apple Watch Series 6 maybe quite similar to its predecessor, the Series 5, but it does pack a few improvements under the hood. These include a new dual-core processor S6 chipset that Apple claims is 20 percent faster than its predecessor and a new SpO2 sensor that monitors blood oxygen levels.
The battery life on the device remains the same as the previous version, offering you up to 18 hours use, however, the Series 6 is capable of reaching 80 percent battery life with just a one hour charge. The Series 6 also features an always-on display option which Apple claims to be 2.5x brighter than the last-generation model and a newly designed always-on altimeter feature, which tracks your elevation throughout the day.
The Series 6 will have a starting price of a around R6500 for the GPS enabled model, whilst the version that includes LTE connectivity will cost around R8100.
Apple Watch SE
As you would imagine, the SE is the budget friendly alternative to the Series 6. Both the design and certain features of the SE borrows heavily from the Series 6, including the always-on altimeter, Emergency SOS and fall detection. However, the lower asking price for the SE means you can expect less features. These include the lack of a SPO2 sensor, ECG sensor, and always-on display. The SE also uses the S5 chipset which was originally used in previous versions of the Watch.
The Apple Watch SE will have a starting price of R4500 for the GPS enabled model, whilst the cellular version will set you back R5300.
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