In the Apple virtual event which on last week, the company launched two new smart watches: Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE. Both devices run WatchOS 7, but since Watch SE is a cheaper version of Apple’s flagship Watch series, it has fewer features, with the has less S5 chipset advanced features. These devices only have cellular and Wi-Fi variants.
The Watch Series 6 starts at $399 (RM1,749) while the Watch SE costs $279 (RM1,199). If you’re interested in either wearables but are not sure which one you should get, read on for our deep dive on how these two compare.
Design: Similar looks, but Series 6 has more design options
Watch Series 6 and SE have the same display and resolution, so you will get the same viewing experience. They are also waterproof, so you can swim with them. They also can be used with Apple’s two new bands — Solo and Braided loops.
However, Watch Series 6 has more design and color options. In addition to the standard silver, gray and gold aluminum colors, Series 6 also offers blue and red. It also has steel and titanium variants, and both materials have different color options. Hermès is a luxury fashion company and a long-term partner of Apple Watch. Its Series 6 also has its own new strap.
Finally, Series 6 has a always-on display. It was first introduced in Watch Series 5 last year, and it means that the display can be on all the time, and you can check the time or view notifications without lifting your wrist or tapping the screen.
Hardware: Watch Series 6’s blood oxygen sensor
Watch Series 6 has Apple’s latest S6 chipset, while SE series has S5 system. The Watch SE is not as advanced as the Series 6, but Apple said the SE is twice as fast as the 2017 Series 3.
One major update that can only be made on Watch Series 6 is the sensor that measures your blood oxygen level. Known as an oximeter, it can collect important information about your breathing and blood circulation within 15 seconds, and provide important insights for your overall breathing and heart health. This is especially important for people infected with COVID-19, because blood oxygen levels can indicate that the disease is seriously affecting your body.
The accompanying Blood Oxygen app will take measurements in the background (for example during sleep), but users can also activate the readings manually. Data can be viewed through the built-in “health” app, where you can view levels and track trends over a period of time.
Both watches also have an optical heart sensor to measure heart rate. But Watch Series 6 also provides an application for its electronic heart sensor (ECG or EKG for short), which debuted on Watch Series 4 to detect irregular heart rhythms.
Finally, Watch Series 6 has an ultra-wideband or U1 chip. This chip can be used in iPhones starting from the iPhone 11 series for “spatial awareness”. It can help devices find other devices more accurately when they are close to each other.
Software features: Both run WatchOS 7
The new feature of WatchOS 7 is “Family Settings”. It can be used on both Watch Series 6 and Watch SE. This allows users to pair their iPhone with another person’s Apple Watch. It can both work on child or an elderly person.
You can then apply controls such as restricting contacts and application downloads or automatic location tracking. No need for other users to have their own iPhone. WatchOS 7 also comes with many new watch faces, including those for Memoji stickers.
There are some several standard features. For Example, fall detection, noise level monitoring, emergency SOS contact, and an altimeter for height measurement.
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