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New Apple Series 4 Watches Revealed, Heart Stopper

By David Richards in the USA: Apple has unveiled a new Series 4 watch line, it’s their first in three years and it’s impressive.

The immediate difference is that the watch’s screen now goes nearly edge to edge, due to a new larger display with rounded edges. There are now two new sizes, 40mm and 44mm, and the larger display, is 30 percent bigger.

There is also a new built-in EKG scanner which is powered by a new custom designed dual-core 64-bit S4 processor.

Apple claims performance will be two times better than previous models. Other hardware improvements include an updated accelerometer and gyroscope which detects if you have fallen over and prompts you with an offer to call emergency services.

The new Apple device also screens heart rhythm for irregularities that appear to be atrial fibrillation, but the real new feature is the ability to take an electrocardiogram (EKG).

Apple’s latest Watch will be the first EKG product offered over the counter directly to consumers, and you simply open an app and put your finger on the digital crown to trigger the EKG.

One thing that has not changed is the battery life of the device. It will remain at up to 18 hours of battery life per day

Apple has also updated every part of the watchOS UI, so it’s redesigned to take advantage of the bigger display and show more information in apps like photos, maps, and calendar.

Also introduced is a new watch face that’s thinner than the previous models.

The digital crown has also been overhauled so it now includes haptic feedback, and the LTE red dot indicator is now a ring.

Here is all of the Australian pricing from today’s announcements:

AUSTRALIA

iPhone XS
64GB – $1629
256GB – $1879
512GB – $2199

iPhone XS Max
64GB – $1799
256GB – $2049
512GB – $2369

iPhone XR
64GB – $1229
128GB – $1299
256GB – $1479

Apple Watch Series 4 GPS – from $599 (Aluminium)
Apple Watch Series 4 GPS + Cellular – from $749 (Aluminium) and $1049 (Stainless)