Apple unveils new iPhones, smart watch - Hardware

Posted September 13, 2018

The Apple Watch Series 4 also added the ability to conduct an electrocardiogram test (ECG) using the updated digital crown and a series of electrodes integrated into both the crown and the heart rate monitor.

Apple today showed off its new Apple Watch Series 4, which sports a slimmer frame and display that's more than 30 percent larger than its predecessor. The smaller fourth-gen Apple Watch moves to a 40mm display, from 38mm previously, while the larger fourth-gen Apple Watch gets a 44mm screen, compared with the previous 42mm size.

The Apple Watch Series 4 will have a new S4 dual-core processor, an improvement over the S3 of the previous generation. Skepticism notwithstanding, Apple should certainly get plenty of credit for what it's trying here, since the new features also include things like an automatic 911 call that's made if a fall is detected and the user doesn't respond quickly.

The Series 4 can detect when your heart rhythms are too low, as well as some instances of atrial fibrillation.

Apple Watch Series 4 will be the first ECG product offered over the counter to consumers.

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Apple's chief operating officer Jeff Williams, who announced the new models, described them as an "intelligent guardian for your health". However, watch bands for previous models will still work with Series 4.

The Apple Watch, Series 4 has a starting price of $599 (GPS only) or $749 (cellular/GPS).

It will be available in three aluminium finishes, and there is a brand-new Gold stainless finish apart from Silver and Space Grey. Now, the watch is being listed on Apple Malaysia's website at RM 1229 and RM 1379 respectively. It detects electrical heartbeats in the wrist and allows you to take an ECG in just 30 seconds. Also, the GPS=LTE version is available at $499.

New watch faces, including one with up to eight customisable complications, or special features.

Irregular heart rhythm and ECG features will be available to U.S. customers "later this year", Williams said.

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Not just that. but the watch's new ECG feature measures heart rate and will let you know if anything is irregular or potentially risky.

The old Apple Watch Series 3 pricing started at $329 for the Global Positioning System version and $399 for the cellular. If you're immobile for over a minute after a fall, it'll automatically make the call for you.

Apple introduced on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) a fourth generation of the Apple Watch with a major redesign - and a series of features created to improve its performance as a medical and health device. The two models will be up for pre-order starting September 14. We have seen multiple reports of how Apple Watch has alerted users of elevated heart in the past and with new models, Apple is making it even better.

Apple has even added new Workout related features which will automatically detect the type of workout you're doing now, so you don't have to slide your finger on the tiny display to kick off a new Workout session.

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