It’s not long until Apple reveals another model of its bestselling smartwatch – so what new features can we expect to see on the Apple Watch 6?
The Apple Watch series has always been very popular and widely-imitated, and it has also been very highly rated by Trusted Reviews. We named the Apple Watch 5 as our top-choice smartwatch, awarding it 4.5 stars out of a possible 5. So how can Apple make sure that its next wearable stays at the top of the tree? This article rounds up all the news and speculation about the new device.
Release date – When will the Apple Watch 6 be released?
We estimate, somewhat confidently, that the Apple Watch 6 will be released in September 2020 – most likely alongside the iPhone 12. The evidence lies in its established launch pattern over recent years:
- Apple Watch – April 2015
- Apple Watch Series 1 & Series 2 – September 2016
- Apple Watch Series 3 – September 2017
- Apple Watch Series 4 – September 2018
- Apple Watch Series 5 – September 2019
However, as with all new technology products this year, the launch could well be delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Price – How much will the Apple Watch 6 cost?
The starting price for the Apple Watch 5 was £399, and we expect that the Apple Watch 6 will come with a similar price tag attached. Of course, price then varies significantly depending on which strap you select for your new timepiece; certain designer options from brands such as Hermès sell for as much as £1,399.
The steep price of the Apple Watch makes it an unattainable expense for many consumers. Fortunately, the Apple Watch 3 remains available and currently starts from £199, making it a more affordable proposition for fitness fans seeking a wearable that’s compatible with Apple’s tech ecosystem.
Apple Watch 6 – Software
9to5 Mac has uncovered several intriguing new heart health features making their way to the Apple Watch 6 thanks to a careful analysis of a snippet of code in iOS 14. The first of these is a tracker for blood oxygen saturation, which will include an automatic notification when levels are potentially dangerously low (possibly due to life-threatening conditions).
The second upgrade concerns the existing ECG feature, which will allow for much more accurate readings at hearts rates between 100 and 120bpm than previously possible. Both of these new features could prove to be lifesaving, so it’s hard to underestimate their importance.
In a further update, 9to5 Mac also revealed more lifestyle features set to appear on the Apple Watch 6. Firstly there will some changes made to watch faces, including the ability to share your customised watch face with friends, a new tachymeter feature, and also the option to access photos from shared albums for personalised custom watch faces.
Additionally, parents will get a bit more control of their children’s smartwatches via the ability to set up an Apple Watch through the parents’ phone, plus a new time management tool called Schooltime that restricts the usage of certain apps within a timeframe (i.e. the school day).
Finally, we’re very relieved to see that a native sleep tracking feature is at last set to make its debut on the Apple Watch, years after even some of the very cheapest alternative wearables on the market have adopted the feature. We’ve impatiently anticipated this feature making its way over the Apple Watch for years – but better late than never.
Apple Watch 6 – Display
A new physical feature that might make its way to the next Apple Watch was discovered in an official filing by Patently Apple; namely, there could be a fingerprint sensor underneath the display for TouchID biometric identification. This could save you from getting your phone out to perform some identification tasks. Early reports suggest that this feature will be built into the crown of the watch rather than the screen.
On top of this, 9to5 Mac has suggested that the next Apple Watch will have a micro-LED rather than OLED display, which would save a significant amount of power and would prevent the risk of burn-in that comes part and parcel of other screen types.