The long-awaited Apple Watch Series 6 has been released alongside Apple Watch SE, a lower-end version. Watch 6 succeeds Apple Watch Series 5 and it comes with a higher 1GB RAM, WatchOS 7 out of the box which ushers in new features, blood oxygen tracking, and an Apple S6 chip out of the box in a sophisticated design. Read further for Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm) (GPS) Specifications, Features, and Price
The Watch 6 comes in two sizes; 44mm and 40mm and each of these sizes come in GPS only and Cellular model. The difference between the GPS and Cellular model is that the Cellular model is a standalone smartwatch and features the new Family setup, Find my app, International emergency calling, and incidental fall detection which the GPS model lacks.
Watch 6 retains the same appearance as Apple Watch 5, it’s also the same materials as its predecessor. It is available in stainless steel, aluminum, and titanium materials with the introduction of new band styles; solo and braided loop bands, while the screen is protected by sapphire glass material. There are lots of watch faces to choose from with new ones added.
Watch 6 like Watch 5 is easy to navigate with touchscreen support, digital rotating crown with a haptic feedback mechanism, and a single button. The GPS only model of Apple Watch 6 comes only in aluminum and is available in space gray, gold, silver, red, and blue.
Watch 6 comes with 32GB storage capacity with support for music streaming from popular services. It also has a microphone and loudspeaker that allows you to make and receive calls from the watch. The cellular model comes with an eSIM that enables cellular connectivity which makes it a standalone smartwatch.
New health tracking features have been added to Watch 6, it comes with blood oxygen tracking – a feature that tracks your blood oxygen level to tell how well your blood absorbs oxygen. There is also ECG tracking that can help you detect atrial fibrillation as well as the new sleep tracking app that tracks your sleep in stages.
Apple also added a handwashing app that can alert you to wash your hands and guides you to wash your hands for up to 20 seconds according to global health recommendations. The hearing protection app introduced to Watch 5 has been upgraded, it alerts you when you reach the maximum hearing dose for the week as recommended by global health authorities. Other new activity-tracking features include newly added workout modes and the cycle map app that can give directions and recommendations on the best lane/route to follow.
Watch 6 also will track your calories, steps, floors climbed, and stress, while the incidental fall detection (Cellular model) can help you get help urgently when the device detects a fall and you’re unresponsive for a couple of seconds.
With Apple Pay onboard, you can make payment directly from the Watch. It also will alert you when you receive notifications on your phone.
Apple has added the Family setup feature that allows family members who own an Apple Watch but don’t own an iPhone to still enjoy all the benefits of an Apple watch by linking multiple Apple smartwatches to a single iPhone. (Cellular Model)
Find my App feature is also new, this app can allow a family member to see the exact location of another family member say your child. It’ll only work with the Cellular model.
Apple has also introduced the emoji app that allows you to create and send emojis from the Apple Watch as a sticker in messages or share via a link. You can even make an emoji your watch face.
Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm) (GPS) Features
|Features||Apple Watch Series 6
1.78 inches LTPO OLED (44mm)
1.57 inches LTPO OLED (40mm)
|Storage||32GB - Stream or download music|
|Access and download apps directly on watch||Yes|
(50 meters waterproof rating)
|Make payment on the go from watch with Apple Pay||Yes|
|Reply notifications with preset or custom messages||Yes|
|Receive alerts when you receive notifications on phone||Yes|
|Cellular models allow you to make and receive calls and access the internet without connecting to your phone.||No|
|Processor||S6 with 64-bit dual-core processor
(20% faster processor than S5)
You can create and share emojis as stickers in messages or share it via a link.
|Create and Share Watch Faces|
You can create and share a watch face.
|Emergency SOS detects fall detection||No|
|International emergency calling||No|
This feature allows family members who own an Apple Watch but don't have an iPhone to enjoy all the benefits of an Apple Watch. Multiple smartwatches can be added and managed from a single iPhone.
|Find My App|
This feature alerts you when a family member gets home and can also be used to know the location of your kid or any other family member.
This app will guide you to wash your hands for up to 20 seconds inline with the global health authority's recommendations. It also reminds you to wash your hand when you get home.
|Cycling Map App|
This feature will guide you to choose the best route to follow. It also allows you to search nearby places for stuff like coffee and also tells you ahead when there is an obstruction.
|Preloaded sport modes|
4 new workout modes have been added that can allow you to choose your preferred workout type.
|Count steps, distance, calories, and pace||Yes|
|Count floors climbed||Yes
|Know your orientation with compass||Yes|
|Track heart rhythm with the ECG app||Yes|
|Track cycle via the menstrual cycle app||Yes|
|Noise hearing app will alert you when the sound is too high||Yes|
|Tracks your heart rate comprehensively||Yes|
|Tracks your sleep comprehensively||Yes|
|Blood oxygen tracking|
Monitors your blood oxygen to how well your blood absorbs oxygen.
|Battery life||About 18 hours|