Africa: Apple Watch Series 6, It Can Track Your Sleep and Measure Your Blood Oxygen Levels

16 September 2020

Apple have released their latest gizmo. The Apple Watch Series 6, the latest in its line of popular smartwatches. The Series 6 model retains the same overall design introduced with the Apple Watch Series 4 and continued with the Series 5, but it adds a variety of new sensors to allow for things like blood oxygen monitoring and better sleep tracking. The new addition of features allow the watch to remain fresh and ready to adapt to the constantly changing technological landscape.

Apple says the Series 6 can measure blood oxygen levels in under 20 seconds. Using both red and infrared light. The company says it's partnering with health networks to start large-scale studies using the new blood oxygen measurement feature, including testing to see if it can detect if a person is infected with COVID-19

The Series 6 also comes with the new S6 processor, which promises up to 20 percent faster performance. It's based on Apple's in-house A13 chip and brings the first major update to the Apple Watch's performance since the Series 4, given that last year's Series 5 model used the same S4 CPU (rebranded as the S5 with other additions like a compass and a new display controller). Apple says it provides this improved performance while maintaining the 18 hours of battery life of the prior model. The Series 6 can recharge faster, though, going from zero to full in about 1.5 hours.

Another new sensor is the always-on altimeter, which provides real-time elevation information. Apple says it is accurate down to a foot of measurement. Lastly, Apple says the Series 6 has the same U1 ultrawideband chip that first debuted in the iPhone 11 line, but it did not elaborate on how it would be used by the Apple Watch, other than to "support new experiences, such as next-generation digital car keys.

Apple says the aluminum models are made of 100 percent recycled aluminum, much like the newer MacBook Pro models. In addition, Apple is announcing a new strap called the "Solo Loop" that is made from one piece of silicone, without any buckles or adjustments. It is available in a range of styles and seven different colours.

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