As with last year's 4 Series to 5 Series upgrade, Apple's latest smartwatch is not a massive leap forward for the wrist. The biggest change is the addition of blood oxygen detection, which is compelling when combined with all the other health features built into the Apple Watch. In addition, if you get bored of the same old Apple Watch colors, the blue and (PRODUCT) RED finishes look very sweet.
If you are fascinated by the prospect, but you are not very sure if the Apple Watch Series 6 update is really worth it, then there are a few factors to consider. Do you just want the basics, such as battery life throughout the day, speed and notifications, or do you appreciate the capabilities, materials, and colors of the health sensors? Here is a breakdown of all key specifications.
|Apple Watch Series 6||Apple Watch Series 5|
|Starting price||$ 399||$ 399|
|sizes||40, 44mm||40, 44mm|
|finishes||Silver, Spatial Gray, Gold, Blue, (PRODUCT) RED, Graphite, Spatial Black||Silver, gold, space gray, stainless steel, white, space black|
|Housing materials||Aluminum, stainless steel, titanium||Aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, ceramic|
|Wireless connectivity||Wi-Fi, Cellular LTE UMTS||Wi-Fi, Cellular LTE UMTS|
|Battery life||Up to 18 hours||Up to 18 hours|
|Screen material||Ion-X glass (aluminum), sapphire crystal (stainless steel, titanium)||Ion-X glass (aluminum), sapphire crystal (stainless steel, titanium, ceramic)|
|Display||LTPO OLED||LTPO OLED|
|Maximum brightness||1,000 nights||1,000 nights|
|processor||S6 with 64-bit dual-core processor||S5 with 64-bit dual-core processor|
|Wireless chipset||W3, U1 Ultra Wideband||W3|
|Waterproof||50 meters||50 meters|
|Storage||32 GB||32 GB|
|Family configuration||Yes, cell models||Yes, cell models|
|Blood oxygen application||Yes||Not|
|Altimeter||Yes, always on||Yes|
|Optical heart sensor||Yes, the second kind||Yes|
|Electric heart sensor||Yes||Yes|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes||Yes|
As you can see, the basic technologies of the 5 Series and 6 Series are really quite similar. Housing materials, display size, battery life, maximum brightness and wireless radios remain the same. In essence, it all comes down to oxygen in the blood, colors and processor.
The Series 6 Blood Oxygen Detection Capabilities use a series of LEDs on the back to measure oxygen saturation (SpO2) on demand and in the background. On-demand measurements last only 15 seconds, and the results are displayed immediately on the watch and in the Health app on the iPhone.
While blood oxygen detection is new to the Apple Watch Series 6, metrics are important for understanding how we deliver oxygen from the lungs throughout our bodies. Lower levels of oxygen saturation may indicate potential illnesses or health risks.
Even though the 6 series has the same familiar Apple Watch design, it adds some new colors to the mix. For the aluminum models, Apple has added an elegant dark blue option, along with an amazing (PRODUCT) RED finish. The stainless steel model has won a new yellow gold option, which returns to the original Apple Watch Edition line.
Speaking of the Apple Watch edition, for the 6 series, Apple gave up the ceramic model. So, if you like the light white color of the 5 Series Edition, then we recommend you to participate in this year's update.
Also new in the 6 series is the S6 processor and U1 chips. The S6 is a 64-bit dual-core processor, which is based on the same processor used in the iPhone 11. The S6 is 20% faster than the previous S5 chip, which Apple claims can be seen during the launch of the application.
While more speed is always welcome, the S4 and S5 chips have made clock navigation smoother, and launching apps is no longer painful, as it was when the Apple Watch first entered the scene.
Personally, I would say that it is not enough just to justify an upgrade to the Apple Watch Series 6. The Apple Series 5 watch, and even the 4 series that came before, are fast enough and are capable for most needs. If you already have one of these, I suggest you wait and see what Apple brings to the table next year, as it may come with a completely new design.
If you just need to have a new color, you want the oxygen sensor in your blood and you don't mind getting the latest information, then the 6 series might be worth updating. Regardless of the route you choose, both the 5 Series and the 6 Series are excellent smart watches, which will exist in the coming years.
Apple Watch Series 6
The last and the biggest
Although not a huge upgrade over the 5 Series, the latest Apple Watch adds a blood oxygen detection, an altimeter always, U1 chip and comes in some bright new colors. If you just need to have the latest looks, then go for upgrade.
Apple Watch Series 5
Another one of the best
If you have a 5 series and you don't need a color change or blood oxygen detection, save some money and stick with what you have, it's still a great partner for the iPhone.
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