Apple Watch Series 6 vs Series 5: Hardware improvements, new health capabilities and more

The Apple Watch Series 5 packs the S5 SiP and W3 wireless chip while Series 6 comes with an upgraded S6 SiP that runs up to 20 percent faster than the previous generation S5 chip. The latter also features the U1 chip and Ultra-Wideband antennas that enable short-range wireless location to support new experiences like digital car keys.


Devdiscourse News Desk | New Delhi | Updated: 23-09-2020 18:04 IST | Created: 16-09-2020 13:53 IST
Apple Watch Series 6 vs Series 5: Hardware improvements, new health capabilities and more
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The Apple Watch Series 6 featuring new health and wellness capabilities including a Blood Oxygen sensor, watchOS 7 and many hardware improvements has gone official.

Touted as Apple's most advanced watch ever, the Watch Series 6 not only brings display improvements but also focuses on performance and users' overall well-being. The Apple Watch Series 6 GPS is priced at USD 399 and the GPS + Cellular at USD 499. In India, the latest watch series prices start at Rs 40,900 for the WiFi-only model and Rs 49,900 for the GPS+Cellular model.

Here is how the newly-launched Apple Watch Series 6 stacks up against its predecessor, the Apple Watch Series 5.

Design and display

The Always-On OLED Retina display on the Apple Watch Series 6 is up to 2.5 times brighter than the Apple Watch Series 5 and allows users to access the Notification and Control Center and change faces with a swipe even when their wrist is down.

Watch Series 6 / Image Credit: Apple

Both the watches come in 40mm and 44mm cases and a wide range of materials including aluminum, stainless steel and titanium. The Apple Watch Series 6 adds new (PRODUCT) RED and blue aluminum cases to Apple's existing lineup of colorful watch cases. Further, the new watch lineup is accompanied by a new band that comes in two materials- Solo Loop made from stretchable silicone rubber and Braided Solo Loop made from ultrathin silicone threads.

Performance

The Apple Watch Series 5 packs the S5 SiP and W3 wireless chip while Series 6 comes with an upgraded S6 SiP that runs up to 20 percent faster than the previous generation S5 chip. The latter also features the U1 chip and Ultra-Wideband antennas that enable short-range wireless location to support new experiences like digital car keys.

Both offer an all-day 18-hour battery life.

Operating System

The new watchOS 7 brings seven additional watch face options and new health and fitness features including low-range VO2 Max, automatic handwashing detection and new workout types to the Apple Watch Series 6. Another interesting feature that the watchOS brings is the 'Family Setup' that allows users to share their iPhone to pair watches for their family members, children or older adults, who don't have their own iPhone.

Health and wellness features

The attention-grabbing feature of the new Apple Watch Series 6 is the blood oxygen sensor and app that allows for 24/7 on-demand readings of blood oxygen level as well as background readings. Made from four LED clusters, the sensor is integrated into the back crystal and works in concert with the Blood Oxygen app.

The Watch Series 6 retains the Watch Series 5 features including high and low heart rate notifications, irregular heart rhythm notification, ECG app, International emergency calling, Emergency SOS, and fall detection.

Additionally, there is a new Sleep app on the Apple Watch 6 that keeps track of sleep trends for improving sleep quality.

Connectivity

Unlike the Apple Watch Series 5, the new watch lineup features an always-on altimeter that tracks elevation changes in real-time to offer more precise metrics. It uses a more power-efficient barometric altimeter, GPS and nearby Wi-Fi networks to detect small elevation changes, indoors and out.

Both the watch series support LTE (optional) and UMTS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/GNSS, and compass for navigation and wireless connectivity.

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