Apple Watch Series 6 Begins Arriving to Customers Around the World

Today is Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE launch day in the United States and over 25 other countries and regions around the world, and customers are now beginning to receive delivery of the latest models.

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Customers have started sharing photos of their new Apple Watch Series 6 on Twitter and in the official pre-order thread in the MacRumors forums.

Key new features of the Apple Watch Series 6 include blood oxygen measuring, up to 20 percent faster performance than the Series 5, a 2.5-times brighter always-on display outdoors in a wrist-down position, a next-generation always-on altimeter, and new casing options like blue aluminum and graphite stainless steel. Pricing starts at $399.

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Priced from $279, the lower-cost Apple Watch SE looks and feels like the Series 6, but has some features missing, including an always-on display, blood oxygen measuring, and the ECG app for detecting atrial fibrillation. Apple Watch SE is also powered by the previous-generation S5 chip used in last year's Series 5.

Apple Watch SE shares a handful of features with the Series 6, including fall detection, a compass, an always-on altimeter, Emergency SOS with international emergency calling, high and low heart rate notifications, irregular heart rhythm notifications, water resistance up to 50 meters, the Noise app, and compatibility with the watchOS 7 update released this week.

Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, and new Apple Watch bands will be available at select Apple Stores starting today, according to Apple. We recommend contacting your local Apple Store before visiting to ensure availability of specific models or bands, as well as to review health and safety precautions in place.

Apple's press release indicated that the Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop in (PRODUCT)RED will be available in late October.

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6 weeks ago


Blood Oxygen is not working with iOS 14.2 Beta 1 and watchOS 7.1 Beta 1
After upgrading the new Apple Watch to 7.1B1 Blood Oxygen App was unable to open and after deleting it it was unavailable to reinstall.

Anybody else facing these issues?

What’s the motivation to install a beta 1 on a brand new watch?
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6 weeks ago


Not sure why you’d pay that much more for a coloured case and a blood oxygen app you’ll probably never use. It runs a little bit faster, charges a little bit faster and that’s about it.
Until they release a watch with actual fast charging, personally I’d go for the SE.

Aren't you the little ray of sunshine.
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6 weeks ago
I hadn’t planned on upgrading from my AW5, but someone offered to buy mine.

One hour and 15 minutes until my in-store pickup.

SS 44mm Product Red sport band.
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6 weeks ago


Did you happen to take any pics of them side by side before you returned one?

Got my blue one this morning. It’s a very deep navy. S6 blue next to S5 space grey.

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6 weeks ago


Not sure why you’d pay that much more for a coloured case and a blood oxygen app you’ll probably never use.

Have you read the first-hand accounts in Twitter, YouTube, or Reddit from caregivers of people sick with COVID-19?

In April I started reading these to be better prepared if I or anyone in my family contracts Coronavirus.

Quotes from the tips sheet I've accumulated:
"As a caretaker I recommend keeping an hourly log of..."
[...]
- pulse ox
[...]

Hourly.

I would rather rely on an Apple Watch that I could keep on my wrist to measure, or, better, that would alert if at 15 min after the hour my pulse oxidation takes a dive.

I would rather rely on an Apple Watch that I know I could easily re-charge than the pulse oximeter that I researched for my dad ~ 5 years ago. I did not have the replacement batteries to make it work when I needed it for someone else.


=== Related ===

PS: When I was trying to find that quote I opened the google doc...

One comment from someone COVID diary stuck in my head:

"It took 10 minutes of concentration to get the energy to reach for the bottle of water on my nightstand and take a sip."

That made me decide to put together a "go bag" with things I could easily grab to help the symptoms. It seems things can go downhill very quickly, and I'd rather not need to drive to a drugstore while sick or better located caring for someone else.

I added things to "Coronavirus go bags" as I read the first hand accounts from people sick or their caregivers.

I haven't modified it since May (seems like eons ago). My bag has:

Prescription Cough meds (Benzonatate?), Tylenol, Famitodine, prescription anti-nausea, Pedialyte, Bone Broth, albuterol inhaler, expired Z-pak script to remind me to ask for a new one if justified, Benadryl, pulse oximeter, thermometer, sweat rag, 10 foot extra long iPhone charging cable + wall plug, paperback book I've always wanted to read, empty water bottle to remind me to take water if I get sick and need go somewhere

Related links from my collection on google doc

[MEDIA=twitter]1243690469172879362[/MEDIA]

https://www.boredpanda.com/man-tested-positive-covid-19-coronavirus-describe-symptoms/

"I was mildly sick for a few days w/ covid symptoms. Then my 29 yr old healthy boyfriend got really sick. 13 days later, after a relentless fever, awful nausea, pneumonia in both lungs + a reluctant trip to ER, he is finally turning a corner today. Some things I learned:
< add twitter link >

[MEDIA=twitter]1243302829017743361[/MEDIA]

Pulse ox taken manually - seems sketchy
1) Roth method
https://www.cebm.net/covid-19/are-there-any-evidence-based-ways-of-assessing-dyspnoea-breathlessness-by-telephone-or-video/
2) from a doctor's YouTube
If you don’t have a pulse oximeter,
a manual way to assess someone’s oxygen saturation at a distance
Take deep breath. Count from 1 to 30 out loud. Healthy gets to 30 in 9 seconds.
If max # is < 10 or counting time is less than 7 seconds, OX sat is less than 95%.
If max # is < 7, or counting time < 5 seconds, OX saturation is 90%
--{ comment - If I were sick with COVID-19, I'd probably pass out from trying that! }--

Alexa tells me as of today, Sep 18 2020, according to Johns Hopkins, there have been
6 million, 674 hundred thousand + cases of confirmed Coronavirus in the United States.

Hopefully when Apple gets the bugs worked out, measuring pulse oxidation will be made much easier and more automatic.
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6 weeks ago
The blue Apple Watch confirms the color of the next iPhone.
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